In Brazil, October 30 run-off: The challenge between Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Polls predicted a head-to-head confrontation between the two opponents, who insulted each other in the last debate on TV (“liar” and “thieves”) and traded accusations over “manhood pills”.
Heads will get tired now. They were riding motorcycles all over Brazil, leading teams of cheerful jockeys (Bolsonaro). They danced samba on convertibles by leading democratic rallies in major cities (Lola). They talked about shows (a little) and insulted each other (a lot). Friday night they found themselves in an episode
For the second face, in the scenography he forced them to move back and forth, between one attack and another, like the old boxers who still wanted to deliver punches to the opponent. Yesterday was the last “Kaminata” of the center-left candidate in São Paulo, the first major electoral district in the country, and the last “Mutusiata” of the far-right candidate in Minas Gerais, the second district.
First round, last poll
is over. The toughest and most polarizing election campaign in Brazil’s history ended with a sentence from Bolsonaro that offered hope of no consequence: “Whoever gets the most votes wins.” (Perhaps) the specter of the violent ascent of the “Polsonarists”, of a long series of legal appeals or, worse, an act of force, should they be defeated, has been removed.
Today, Brazilians are invited to choose the future president on the ballot between two contenders who know the job well. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva77 years old, and actually lived in the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, from 2003 to 2010, e
Jair Messias Bolsonaro
The current tenant is 67 years old. In the first roundThe Labor leader, a candidate from the broad center-left front, was ahead with 48.43% to Bolsonaro’s 43.2%. Only six million delegated votes out of 156 million voters. The last poll he posted yesterday MDA, Lula’s victory gives 51.1% of the valid votes with 48.9%. But uncertainty remains.
Debate on TV, handwritten notes
The controversy on television is unlikely to have transformed the votes or persuaded the undecided. Bolsonaro with notes written on his palm like a high school student facing the Greek exam; Lola with her back to him as a child offended, “I don’t want to be near you.” Then the usual insults – “false”, “thieves” – even with the “blue pill”: the ex-union objected to the competitor’s purchase of 35,000 Viagra pills for the army. Trump defended himself by saying that “it is used to treat the prostate” and replied, “Do you use it by accident, too?” This went on for two hours, with mutual accusations of corruption, abortion and more.
The unknown in economics
Whoever wins faces an uncertain economic future. Brazil, a major exporter, has to deal with an uncertain global context. The International Monetary Fund estimates that GDP growth in 2023 will fall to 1.1% compared to 1.7% in 2022. Both candidates have promised to continue to support the poorest families, but the economic policies will be very different. Lola It wants to expand public spending on education, health and infrastructure, perhaps while raising taxes on the wealthier classes. Bolsonaro It intends to continue the liberal line and the privatization plan.
First round, last poll
For Senator Simon Tibbett, the “Third Way” champion who finished third in the first presidential round, votes Lola It is a democratic choice: «I dream of an inclusive Brazil, generous, free from hunger and misery, with good education and health, with sustainable development. Brazil with structural reforms, respectful of entrepreneurship, agribusiness and the environment,” he said in an interview with
courier. Today we have a president who threatens democracy, does not respect the constitution, and does not promote harmony between the powers: legislative, executive and judicial. Bolsonaro He has already weakened our democracy.” On television, Tibet came to describe him as a “coward.” Confirmation? “Yes, Bolsonaro is a coward in many ways, especially in the way he attacks and threatens women, journalists, senators and representatives. This kind of attitude on the part of anyone cannot be adhered to in silence, even more so than the President of the Republic.”
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