Brazil’s Ex-President Henrique Cardoso Hints at Supporting Lula

Brazil’s Ex-President Henrique Cardoso Hints at Supporting Lula

On Thursday, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002) hinted at supporting Workers’ Party candidate Lula da Silva in the October 2 elections.

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Although Cardoso did not explicitly quote the leftist leader in a note posted on social networks, he did speak out in defense of Lula’s government proposal, which is radically opposed to President Jair Bolsonaro’s neoliberal project.

«I ask citizens to vote on October 2 for someone who is committed to the fight against poverty and inequality, defends equal rights for all, regardless of race, gender and sexual orientation, and is proud of the Brazilian nation’s cultural diversity,» he said.

«Vote for someone who values education and science, is committed to preserving environmental heritage and strengthening institutions that guarantee freedoms, and will restore Brazil’s historic role on the international stage.»

Before Bolsonaro appeared on the Brazilian electoral scene, Cardoso and his Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) were the great rivals of Lula da Silva and the Workers’ Party (PT).

Currently, however, the PSDB leader seems to put aside old-time quarrels in favor of the presidential canditate who represents the strengthening of democracy in the face of Bolsonaro’s coup threats.

With less than 12 days to go before the presidential elections, the voting intention polls show that Lula da Silva could win in the first round and has an advantage of up to 15 percentage points over the far-right Captain Bolsonaro.