In Brazil election run-up, even samba is political
In Pedra do Sal, the birthplace of samba in Rio de Janeiro, supporters chant "Ole, Ola, Lula" as they sway rhythmically, brandishing flags, T-shirts and caps bearing the likeness of Brazilian presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. And Veiga de Almeida Guilherme Guaral, an academic who studied the links between politics and samba, says that "today, schools remember that the governments of Lula supported cultural events."In a nod to the symbolism of samba's Afro-Brazilian character in a country of divisive identity politics, the leftist ex-president chose the Portela samba school for one of his final rallies before Sunday's first round of presidential elections.
© Amanda Perobelli/Reuters The former Brazilian president and presidential candidate, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, during a meeting in São Paulo, September 26, 2022.
Sunday October 2, general elections will take place at Brazil. This ballot has turned into a duel between outgoing far -right president Jair Bolsonaro and former left -wing president Luiz Inazio Lula da Silva who is leading the polls. He could even win the ballot in the first round next Sunday. Could the vote from Amazonia be decisive.
of our special envoy to Manaus,
The Amazon had voted for Jair Bolsonaro, four years ago, but the wind turned a little against its disadvantage. In the state of the Amazon, Lula is generally in mind in the polls. However, in the city of Manaus, this megalopolis of more than 2 million inhabitants, with its industrial pole certainly weakened but still important, Jair Bolsonaro remains very popular. Many cars are circulating with its electoral poster stuck on the rear window and the national flag is hung on many balconies, a sign of a political preference in favor of the far -right president.
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At a samba bar in Rio de Janeiro, three university students are engaged in a vigorous political debate as they count down the days to Brazil's presidential elections. "I am the only 'favelada' (slum-dweller) in my (university) physics course, all the other students are from the elitist areas of Rio, like Ipanema," said Brasil, who hopes there will be more like her under a new Lula government. Not everyone is in agreement.Mateus de Medeiros, an 18-year-old mechanical engineering student, regrets that the choice is limited to "the extreme right or the extreme left".
Bolsonaro always popular with Manaus
for Manaus, this trend can surprise because the city has suffered a lot under the pandemic of Covid and Jair Bolsonaro was very criticized for not having helped hospitals in lack of beds and oxygen . And then there are also the fires that rage in the tropical forest. From Manaus, you can see smoke. So the destruction of the tropical forest continues, it has worsened under President Jair Bolsonaro, but despite everything, manaus voters do not seem to want to sanction it.
Which is not the case with the rest of Brazil since Lula is a winner in 14 of the 27 Brazilian states, including the two states with the largest electoral college, São Paulo and the Minas Gerais in the western center of the country. The Minas Gerais is interesting because it is one of the states that can switch to Brazil. And according to statistics, in any case since 1950, the one who won the Minas Gerais, also wins the elections. Jair Bolsonaro should break into seven states, especially in the south and in certain agricultural states in the North. In the other regions, the two candidates are elbow.
Lula big favorite of the presidential election organized on Sunday in Brazil
Brazil-election: Lula big favorite of the presidential election organized Sunday in Brazil © Reuters/Stringer The former president of Brazil and candidate for the presidential election Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva greets his supporters at Fortaleza Brasilia (Reuters) - The leader of the Brazilian left, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, known as "Lula", retains a solid lead on outgoing far -right president, Jair Bolsonaro, on the eve The presidential election on Sunday and is about to win a clear victory,
An intense end of the campaign
a few days before the ballot, Lula travels the country tirelessly and absolutely wants to win the election in the first round. Given the polls, it is possible. So the ex-president calls for "useful voting", a call directed towards the voters of Ciro Gomes, candidate of center left and currently in third position, far behind Jair Bolsonaro. The outgoing president does everything to him to be in the second round, his speech is well established: with the return of Lula the "thief", as he calls him in reference to the corruption affairs of the workers' party, the country will soon resemble the Venezuela. These attacks on Lula worked well four years ago, but today it is no longer the case. Besides, one in two Brazilians disapprove of Jair Bolsonaro. With such unpopularity, it is almost impossible to win an election.
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