SAO PAULO ( Associated Press) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is trying to return to his post from 2003 to 2010, on Thursday backed moderate candidate André Genon.
Lula and Zenon made the announcement during a live broadcast shortly before a scheduled joint news conference in So Paulo.
“We withdraw and unify the presidential candidacy of Deputy André Genones. It will now be represented by the candidacy of President Lula,” said Jens, a social worker with 2 million followers on Instagram and 8 million on Facebook. media event.
A former member of Lula’s Workers’ Party, Genones broke away several years ago to find a more liberal political platform, using social media to reach the poorest Brazilians on issues that directly affect their pocketbooks. We do.
His support could bring the left-wing former president closer to an undisputed victory against the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, without the need for a second round. Lula is currently leading in all polls; The most recent Datafolha poll placed him with 47% in voting preferences for the first election round on 3 October.
In contrast, Zenones had 2% support in the same poll. The survey was conducted between July 27 and 28 and had a margin of error of two percentage points.
Genones said on Thursday he could not support Bolsonaro, whom he accused of increasing spending until the end of the year to improve his re-election chances.
“I cannot support a president who has used people’s hunger to improve his chances,” Jens said.
Carlos Melo, a professor of political science at So Paulo’s Inspar University, believes that Zenon’s support may have boosted Lula, as the lawmaker was the first to end his campaign to express support for the former president. is the President.
The Brazilian press reports that other potential candidates with a small number in the polls could follow in Genon’s footsteps in the coming days.
“This increases pressure on other candidates who have more support but not enough to go into the second election round, including Senator Simone Tebate, who has a preference of about 4%, and former minister Ciro Gomes, who is around 8%. %,” commented Melo. “It may have more political implications than mathematical implications. It helps to create an environment that needs to be decided in the first round of this election.”
Lula’s candidacy has garnered the support of nine parties in Brazil’s fragmented electoral system.