The former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said this Monday in Brussels that he is “prepared” and “motivated” to be a presidential candidate again in 2022 to replace Jair Bolsonaro, whom he defined as “a bad copy of [Donald] Trump”.
“I am prepared, motivated and healthy” for that possibility, Lula said at a press conference in the European Parliament.
The ex-president said that his training, the Workers Party (PT)“Yes, he will have a candidate for president of the Republic”, and reiterated that he will have to decide whether or not to go into the ring in February or March of next year.
Until then, he said, the PT will have to decide who will be its candidate, and will also define its eventual policy of alliances for the presidential elections.
Lula, 76, did not shy away from criticizing the current Brazilian president.
“It is a bad copy of Trump, although if it were a good copy that would already be bad. Bolsonaro does not think, he has no ideas. He does not understand absolutely anything, except to speak nonsense, spread false news and destroy what we build,” said.
In his opinion, Bolsonaro “represents an important piece of the fascist, Nazi extreme right.” “Brazil did not deserve to go through what is happening,” he added.
In his press conference, Lula was moved to recall “the permanent solidarity” he received from the European Parliament during the period in which he was detained, for a process of corruption that ended up being annulled by multiple irregularities.
Lula, who was president twice between 2003 and 2010, appears as a wide favorite on all stages to return to the Palacio do Planalto, the seat of the Brazilian government.
In Brussels, Lula had an informal meeting with the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, and with Joseph Stigliz, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.
He also participated in a debate organized by the Social Democrats bloc in Parliament.
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