The broad front for Lula gets wider

On multiple occasions, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva told voters that he is the only person capable of leading a broad front against President Jair Bolsonaro, an anti-democratic leader who, despite the numerous failures of his administration, still commands the support of one-third of the electorate.

That broad front just got broader on Monday, when Lula shared a stage with and got the endorsement from Marina Silva, his former Environment Minister. The former ally, Ms. Silva has had a strained relationship with the Workers’ Party in recent years.

Their rapprochement was the culmination of months of behind-the-scenes negotiations to heal old wounds that had been opened by politics. It now gives Lula bonafide credentials in one area where Mr. Bolsonaro is the weakest: the environment.

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  • Euan Marshall is an editor at The Brazilian Report and also hosts the Explaining Brazil podcast in the absence of Gustavo Ribeiro.

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Background reading:

  • We have launched a special 2022 election report with everything you need to know about the races for Congress, governorships, and, of course, the presidency. Buy it here! Use the Explaining2022 promo code for a 20-percent discount.
  • Here’s our take on the first presidential debate of 2022.
  • Marina Silva, a former senator, environment minister, and three-time presidential candidate, will run for a House seat representing the state of São Paulo. The move aims at increasing the congressional presence of her party, an environmentalist group known as the Network.
  • In 2018, Marina Silva spoke to Euan Marshall in an exclusive interview about her deforestation plan, her exit from the government, and Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental calamity.
  • Early in the 2018 presidential campaign, Marina Silva had decent polling numbers. Brian Winter, editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly, showed disbelief that she was not being considered a favorite of hers. We explained why that was the case.

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