Bolsonaro and Lula close campaign in Brazil- Uno TV

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Bolsonaro and Lula closed their campaign this Saturday and are already waiting for the second presidential round to take place in Brazil this Sunday.
Bolsonaro and Lula close campaign in Brazil. Photo: AFP

the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaroand the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva they exchanged their last darts at the end of the campaign for the second round to be carried out Sunday October 30. This Saturday the candidates poured into the streets of Minas Gerais and São Paulorespectively, the two states with the most electoral weight in the country.

In the survey released by the Datafolha Institute hours before the start of voting, Lula has 52% of the intention to vote against 48% of Bolsonaro, with which the difference was reduced by two points. The study was carried out between Friday and Saturday, with a margin of error of 2%, data that allows us to predict a heart attack ending in the second round.

Raised to the cry of “myth!”, Bolsonaro led a motorcade in Belo Horizontecapital of Minas Gerais, where thousands of supporters came out to meet him dressed in green and yellow. I am “confident of victory,” said the president, after the harsh televised debate he held on Friday with Lula, in which both accused each other of being liars.

The president’s supporters justified their support in fear of a return of Lula to the power. “I am not in favor of abortion or gender ideology, which is what the other party wants to impose on our country,” said the microentrepreneur Fabricia Alves36 years old.

In Sao Paulo, Lula he dispatched against the president before joining a walk: “Bolsonaro he has no limit to tell lies (…) he does not have the psychic conditions to govern a country the size of Brazil“.

Lula won in the first round with 48% of the votes against 43% of Bolsonarowhich broke the projections that anticipated a comfortable advantage for the former president.

Bolsonaro and Lula cross accusations

Bolsonaro seeks re-election after four years of a government marked especially by the health and economic crisis that triggered the pandemic with a balance of 688,000 deaths in Brazilas well as tense relations with international institutions and critics for its environmental policy.

In the final stretch, he has presented as achievements of his government the slow return to activity, mainly the recent drop in inflation and unemployment, which stood at 8.7% in September. For months Bolsonaro He questioned the electronic voting system without proof, raising fears that he will not accept the results of next Sunday.

On Friday, at the end of the debateHowever, he said that “whoever has the most votes wins”, when questioned in a brief interview after the debate about whether he would accept eventual defeat. “That’s what democracy is,” he added.

At just 77 years old, Lula aspires to return to power after governing the largest economy in Latin America between 2003 and 2010. On Sunday, some 156 million Brazilians are called to vote in the country’s 26 states and the federal district.

In the first round, around 32 million did not vote (21%). The number is five times the advantage of six million votes that Lula obtained over Bolsonaro. In Brazil voting is mandatory, but the fine for not going to the polls is 3.5 reais. The expectation of a tight result raises the fear that the tension and polarization of Brazil.

After his two terms, Lula He was imprisoned in the framework of the “Lava Jato” anti-corruption mega-cause, but was politically resurrected after the annulment of his convictions for procedural irregularities. He now has the support of artists like Anitta Y Caetano Velosoof the senator Simone Tebbet and the former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

Bolsonaro He has the support above all of agribusiness and the majority of evangelicals – a third of the electorate – who praise his ultra-conservative positions. They also declared in his favor the footballer Neymar and former US President donald trumpwith whom they usually compare him.

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