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  • Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva is first in polls for the presidential elections.

    Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva is first in polls for the presidential elections. | Photo: EFE

Published 28 September 2017

The politician said he will convene it to return the rights of workers destroyed by President Michel Temer.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva said that if he wins the presidential election in October 2018, he will call for a Constituent Assembly to protect the rights of workers.

Lula's Caravan of Hope Reaches Final Destination

Da Silva criticized President Michel Temer's government and measures that he referred to as an attack towards the rights of workers, such as a law that caps public spending levels for the next 20 years. 

"No government has the right to limit expenses for 20 years," Da Silva said. "Every ruler has the right to choose how much to invest in education, health."

"We have to make a Constituent to give the state conditions to make policies to regain assets," Da Silva said during an interview with Trianon.

The former president said he will organize a new caravan, like the one he embarked on last month, to tour the poorest neighborhoods in Brazil.

"The caravan was a more effective way to get in touch with people. Politics is a chemical relationship between humans, I wanted to show my appreciation and I perceived that the people are distressed, people are seeing several social programs diminishing, unemployment growing," Da Silva said.

The former president, head of the Workers' Party, said he will run on a platform directly opposed to Temer's policies. He continues to lead polls for the next general election in Brazil.

"I am already planning the next caravan in the north of Minas Gerais, but before that, I want to travel the periphery of Sao Paulo, I want to return to Brazil to say clearly, looking into the eyes of the people, that we can grow again."

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