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Brazil: Lula formalizes his sixth presidential candidacy

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(ANSA) – SAN PAOLO, 21 JUL – The former Brazilian left-wing president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, will formalize his sixth candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic today. The former trade unionist – who leads the main polls on voting intentions – will challenge the current right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, on 2 October in search of a second four-year term.

Lula, candidate of the Workers’ Party (PT, left) which he helped found, will form a ticket with former political rival Geraldo Alckmin, several times governor of Sao Paulo for the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB, center-right) and two times candidate for the presidency in 2006 and 2018.

The alliance with Alckmin – viewed with distrust by some sections of the PT – is supported by a coalition which includes six other left, center and center-left parties.

The former metal worker, now 76, has been a candidate for president five more times and elected for two consecutive terms in 2002 and 2006. The new candidacy will be launched in São Paulo at an event that Lula will not participate in because he is touring in the north- east of the country, its main electoral stronghold. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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