Brazil: Tebet, third in first round of presidential election, backs Lula

Brazil: Tebet, third in first round of presidential election, backs Lula

Centre-right Senator Simone Tebet, who was much courted after scoring the third result (4% of the vote) in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, on Wednesday announced her support for Lula (left) against Jair Bolsonaro (extreme right) on.

“I will vote for Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva because I recognize in him a commitment to democracy and the constitution that I do not recognize in the President,” said Bolsonaro’s wife Tebet, 52, during a speech to the press at a hotel in Sao Paulo.

“I will not vote blank, being neutral would be a sin of omission,” added this ardent Catholic, while her party, the MDB, had given no instructions, preferring to let its members “follow their conscience.”

However, the senator, who weighs almost five million votes, criticized the former left-wing president (2003-2010) for “calling for a useful vote without making concrete proposals in the face of Brazil’s real problems”.

But she mainly fired red balls at Jair Bolsonaro’s record.

“For the past four years, Brazil has been at the mercy of hate and discord. Denial has delayed vaccine (anticovid) purchases, guns have taken the place of books,” said this lawyer-by-law.

Last year, she had played a central role in the Senate commission of inquiry that delivered a scathing report on the government’s handling of the pandemic.

Lula noted another strong support on Wednesday: that of his predecessor in the presidency, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (center right, 1995-2002).

“FHC” announced on Twitter that he would vote for his opponent in the 1994 and 1998 presidential elections, which he said embodied “the struggle for democracy and social inclusion.”

“Thank you for your vote and your trust. Brazil needs dialogue and peace,” Lula replied on the same social network.

A week before the first ballot, “FHC” called for a vote “for democracy” but did not name the former left-wing president.

Lula received 48.4% of the vote on Sunday, ahead of Bolsonaro, whose better-than-expected result of 43.2%.

The far-right president garnered significant support on Tuesday, including that of former anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, his former justice minister who nevertheless resigned with a bang in 2020.

Jair Bolsonaro was also supported by the governors of the country’s three most populous states: Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro (southeast), who were joined on Wednesday by those of Parana (south) and the federal district of Brasilia. (Middle West).


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