The Former Brazilian president, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, affirmed that he wants to be a candidate again for the presidency of Brazil in the face of the 2022 elections, in which he would face the current president Jair Bolsonaro. Lula was in Madrid, where he spoke at an act of the left-wing Podemos party, after meeting with the president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez.
The PT leader anticipated that between February and March you will define your candidacy. “There is much to discuss,” said Lula, who in turn was convinced that “It is possible to get Brazil back”.
On the advance of the right, Lula asked his listeners to try to understand why the right-wing discourse convinces so many people. For the leader the problem is antipolitics.
“When you think that the politician is not good, do not give up, because the perfect politician is within you. Enter politics and change the history of the country, change the history of politics.”, summoned. He also thanked the solidarity of the people during the 18 months that he was imprisoned and affirmed that it was this that gave him courage to face the situation. “People I had never seen before stayed outside the Curitiba prison and every day they greeted me (…) with rain, police and everything. They cannot understand the encouragement” That meant during the confinement, he said.
In his meeting with the President of the Spanish Government, the conversation turned on “the construction of public policies for combat inequality and solidarity between democracies to fight the advance of the extreme right“, among other topics.
“Important dialogue with the President of the Government of Spain. We are talking about European and Latin American integration, in addition to the importance of Brazil-Spain relations,” the leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) wrote on his Twitter account. favorite for next year’s elections, although his candidacy has not yet been made official.
“We also talked about our experiences in the construction of public policies to combat inequality. And we share our concern about the issue of climate change and the importance of solidarity between democracies to fight against the advance of the extreme right,” added Lula.
In both countries, the extreme right has increased its power in recent years: in Brazil at the hands of the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, and in the European country with the party Vox, which has representatives in legislative bodies at national, regional and European level.
For his part, after the meeting, Sánchez highlighted the “strong ties” that Spain maintains with Brazil. “Spain and Brazil share strong structural and permanent ties in different areas. Today, I met with its former president Lula to address various issues of common interest such as the situation of the pandemic, climate change or economic recovery”the socialist wrote on Twitter.
After the appointment with Sánchez, Lula met with the Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Diaz, and with the Minister of Social Rights and leader of Podemos, Ione Belarra, with whom he will coincide in a forum on popular alliances in which former Vice President Pablo Iglesias will also participate, the Europa Press news agency reported.
The Brazilian leader participated virtually a few weeks ago in the congress of the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Party) in Valencia, thanking the socialists for their support and underlining the need for progressives to fight against inequality and protect “democracy from fascism.” .
The 76-year-old PT leader arrived in Madrid after passing through Germany, where he met with the likely future chancellor Olaf Scholz, Belgium and France, where on Thursday he was received by the president Emmanuel Macron in the Elysee Palace, the seat of the French Presidency.