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  • Former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during an event with the Worker

    Former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during an event with the Worker's Party in Brasilia | Photo: EFE

After political maneuvers by the right wing, the former president of Brazil said he believed a leftist alliance would secure political stability.   

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva said the best option to secure victory for the left wing in the upcoming 2018 presidential elections would be to present a unified front of several leftist parties.

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Lula's Workers' Party, or PT, reached a political alliance with the right-wing Brazilian Democratic Movement Party and then‐Vice President Michel Temer for the presidential elections of 2010 and 2014 with Dilma Rousseff.

Temer later led the impeachment process against Rousseff and was appointed the president by Congress, in a move her supporters call a legislative coup with no evidence of wrongdoing.

"It is very difficult to imagine today that a political alliance like the one made in 2010 can be made, but it is also very difficult to imagine that a party by its own could have the strength to win the elections," Lula said during an interview with Radio Arapuan.

The former president also said he hopes to draw a "pragmatic program" to strengthen the left wing.

Lula said his party will seek an alliance with parties that have common interests, such as the Socialist Party of Brazil, the Democratic Labor Party and the Communist Party of Brazil.

A recent poll by Vox Populi Institute revealed that Lula is leading polls for the 2018 presidential race and that he would win free, democratic elections if they were held today, with 52 percent of the overall vote.

Lula says he is still waiting for the consent of his party to formally launch his candidacy for president.


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