Brazilian senator Simone Tebet, third in the presidential elections last Sunday with 4.16% of the vote, announced on Wednesday her support for former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for the second round of the October 30 elections.
“I will give my vote” to Lula because “I recognize his commitment to democracy and the Constitution, which I do not know in the current president”, Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for re-election, Tebet said in a statement at a hotel in the city of Sao Paulo .
The standard-bearer of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB, center-right) was the great surprise of the first round and her votes (five million) could be decisive for Lula, who achieved 48.4% and will compete for the Presidency in the ballot with Bolsonaro, who obtained 43.2 % The last Sunday.RELATED
Tebet said that, despite the fact that some colleagues in the ranks asked her to remain neutral, she cannot be “oblivious” at this “so serious” moment in the history of Brazil, a country “divided by hate speech, ideological polarization and power disputes.
He stressed that until October 30 he will continue “on the street”, “vigilant”, because he considers that Brazil needs to be “rebuilt” after almost four years of the Bolsonaro government, in which the country “was abandoned in the bonfire of hatred”. and denial” of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, he reiterated his criticism of Lula, especially for calling for a useful vote in the first round “without presenting concrete proposals” to solve the country’s problems.
For this reason, he linked his support to the inclusion of several of his proposals, including eliminating the waiting list in early childhood education; also put an end to tests and surgeries delayed by covid-19; and solve the problems of the most indebted families.
He also asked him to sanction a law of equal pay between men and women, today stopped in Congress; and, in case of victory, to form a cabinet “plural, with men, women, blacks, people with disabilities, having competence, ethics and the will to serve as requirements.”
Before Tebet’s announcement, the MDB had freed its militants to choose between Lula and Bolsonaro.
Others have expressed support
The senator’s support is added to that of other personalities, such as former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002), and political parties that in recent hours have positioned themselves alongside the leader of the Workers’ Party (PT).
On Tuesday, Lula won the support of Citizenship and the Democratic Labor Party (PDT, for its acronym in Portuguese), whose candidate was Ciro Gomes, fourth in the presidential elections with 3.04% of the vote.
Gomes, despite being very critical of the former president in the campaign, was faithful to his party’s decision and endorsed Lula’s candidacy, who continues to weave new alliances to tie up his favoritism in the face of the final battle with the leader of the extreme right. Brazilian.
Bolsonaro, a retired Army captain nostalgic for the military dictatorship (1964-1985), has also negotiated new support since Sunday’s elections, in which he obtained a higher vote than expected by the polls.
In this sense, the head of state has renewed the support of the governors of the three largest electoral colleges in the country: Rodrigo Garcia, in Sao Paulo; Romeu Zema, in Minas Gerais; and Cláudio Castro, in Rio de Janeiro, although the latter two already supported him.
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