(Brussels) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday promised to “be ready” to run in the October 2022 presidential election, his favorite against current President Zaire Bolsonaro.
“I’m ready, I’m motivated, I’m in good health,” Lula, 76, told a news conference in Brussels, reiterating that he would not make his final decision until early next year.
Speaking to the media in the European Parliament, Lula slammed his right-wing successor: “Bolsonaro (former US president) is a poor copy of Trump.” But he does not think, he does not think “, Lula was satisfied with the” destruction “of the legacy and condemned the former trade unionist.
The official announcement of Lula’s candidacy has been eagerly awaited since Lula’s re-qualification after a Supreme Court ruling dismissing his bribery charges for formal misconduct in March. He again called Monday’s policy a “purge.”
After leading the country from 2003 to 2010, if the former trade unionist keeps himself in the race, trying to run for a third term will become his sixth presidential race.
“We have to stand up for someone, we have to win the election. Brazil needs to be rebuilt, ”said Lula, who is on a European tour through Brussels, as well as Berlin, Paris and Madrid.
“In February or March, I will decide whether or not to appear. Whether I am elected as a candidate or not depends on the party’s decision, ”he added, referring to his Workers’ Party.
According to the latest poll by the benchmark Datafolha Institute on September 17, Lula won 44% of the vote in the first round of elections, while Bolsonaro, who faced much criticism for managing the pandemic, received 26%.
During his eight-year rule, Lula benefited from favorable economic conditions. With the commodity boom, he was able to set up ambitious social programs to lift 30 million Brazilians out of poverty, gaining record popularity for him.