Brazilian politics update
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With more than a year before the presidential election, Brazil’s political landscape is increasingly dominated by two polarizing figures: the current far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro and the former left-wing president Luis Inasi O Lula da Silva.
this A stark choice between two men Prompt the moderates to push for the establishment of a “third way” candidate-a centrist that can attract voters disappointed with far-right activism and the corrupt history of the Lula Workers’ Party.
“Brazil desperately needs a national project. The third approach should not start with individuality, but should start with an agenda that does not represent anyone. [Lula or Bolsonaro],” said Senator Alessandro Vieira of the centrist Civic Party.
However, the movement still lacks a breakthrough star to unite its supporters.Given both Lula with Bolsonaro Relying on a loyal base of support, the broad third way candidates will split the vote and reduce the chance of any centrist entering Brazil’s two-round voting system in the run-off election.
The following are the key figures who positioned themselves as candidates for “neither Lula nor Bolsonaro” before the party’s primary election early next year.
Democratic Labor Party Member
As a staunch supporter of Brazil’s centre-left combativeness, Ciro Gomez has a good reputation throughout the country. He has participated in three presidential elections and lost. Gomez, or Ciro for short, is a lawyer from a powerful political family in Ceara in northeastern Brazil. However, his longevity in the eyes of the public means that he has something to do with the “old politics” of horse trading and behind-the-scenes trading. Ciro is also known for his arrogance. After losing in the first round of elections in 2018, he refused to support the left-wing candidate who challenged Bolsonaro in the runoff and flew to Europe. Estimated support rate for the first round: 11% (XP/IPESPE).
Governor of Sao Paulo
João Doria is closely related to the economic elite of São Paulo. This wealthy businessman served as the mayor of the largest city in Latin America before becoming governor of the state and enjoys a reputation as an efficient manager. He took the lead in launching the Covid-19 vaccination when the federal government was procrastinating. However, Doria is regarded as an ambition, with little visibility or support outside of Brazil’s top income earners. He will face a difficult primary election from other members of the center-right Brazilian Social Democratic Party, and critics will quickly remind him that he supports Bolsonaro in 2018. Estimated support rate for the first round: 5% (XP/IPESPE).
Once upon a time, Sergio Moro was Brazil’s most popular public figure. As a federal judge in the long-running Lava Jato or car wash anti-corruption investigation, he was regarded as a hero by many in the center-right and was portrayed as a big-chested superman at the rally. Less than two years after Lula was jailed for corruption, his reputation took a hit when he joined the Bolsonaro government in 2019. Moreau left the government a year later, but earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that he showed prejudice, further damaging his image. Lula’s 2017 trialMoreau currently works in the private sector, but his name has become a potential presidential candidate for the center-right Podemos party. Estimated approval rate for the first round: 9% (XP/IPESPE).
Speaker of the Senate
As President of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco holds one of the most high-profile positions in Brazilian politics. Although he is considered close to Bolsonaro, he is praised for his skillful diplomacy in dealing with Congress and the executive branch. He also opposed some radical actions of the president.when Bolsonaro recently threatened to cancel next year’s elections, Pacheco warned him not to become the “enemy of the country.” Pacheco is a member of the center-right Democratic Party. He may face a difficult primary election from the popular former Minister of Health Luiz Henrique Mandetta. He is trying to bring scientific rigor into the Brazil is responding to the early stages of Covid-19. Estimated approval rate for the first round: 1% (XP/IPESPE).
Jose Luis Dadana
José Luiz Datena is a political outsider.Thanks for his TV series Brazil emergency, He reports on terrible and sensational crimes and police actions, and this reporter and host enjoys a national reputation. His campaign was supported by the right-wing Social Liberal Party-Bolsonaro used this party to participate in the 2018 general election, and soon severed ties with them. Dadana, who has little political experience, believes that he can attract right-wing voters away from the president. Estimated approval rate for the first round: 5% (XP/IPESPE).