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Lula da Silva: Brazil’s former President leaves door open for return as he slams leaders’ pandemic response




In an exclusive interview with Christiane Amanpour of CNN, the former leader, often mentioned with Lula, said the world “lacks leadership.”

“The United Nations should have already convened an extraordinary general assembly, a virtual assembly, to talk about Covid 19,” he told Amanpour, speaking from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“Rulers do not act as rulers,” he added. “Everyone thinks for themselves.”

Da Silva also said that the G20 should make coronavirus vaccines immediately accessible worldwide and that the poorest countries can pay for them later. “People, no matter how much money the country may have … they could get the vaccines … we would pay for them [for] this vaccine after we finish the virus, after winning the war “.

“I will not deny this invitation”

In his first individual interview since a judge last week overturned it da Silva’s criminal convictions, effectively restoring his right to run for office, the energetic former president gave the most revealing signal that he could run for office again, telling Amanpour not to “deny” an invitation to the presidency of 2022 career.

“When it comes time to run in the election, and if my party and other allied parties understand that I could be the candidate and if I am well in health, with the energy and power I have today, I can assure “I will not deny this invitation,” said the 75-year-old.

He also said he was inspired by the success of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. “When I saw that Biden was elected, I thought I was 77! I’m still 75 and every day I say I’m 75, but the energy and power is 30.”

Elected president in 2002 as a Labor Party candidate, da Silva held power until 2013, when her chosen successor, Dilma Rousseff, became the country’s first president. An attempt to return in 2018 was canceled after the country Car Wash Research culminated with his convictions for corruption and money laundering, which he has denied.

Da Silva was released from prison in 2019. Deciding to overturn his sentences last week, Supreme Court Judge Edson Fachin said the Curitiba city court that convicted him had acted outside its jurisdiction. . Fachin ordered a new trial in the federal court in Brasilia.

In his interview with Amanpour, Da Silva described his case as “the biggest judicial farce in Brazil’s 500-year history.” He would have “no problem” being tried or tried again, he added. “There is only one Brazilian who right now wants to know the truth and only the truth: it’s me.”

If the former left-wing leader is still clear in October 2022, he will be free to challenge the right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro at the polls.
Former Brazilian President Lula attacks Bolsonaro as the road to political return ends

Whoever wants, the former president said the country affected by a pandemic could not continue with Bolsonaro at the helm. “We have to call to choose or re-elect someone who has a different mindset from Bolsonaro.”

Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for his treatment of the pandemic, as Brazil faces devastating resurgence of the coronavirus. One of the most affected countries in the world, Brazil, reported on Wednesday 2,648 additional deaths and 90,303 new cases of Covid-19, the largest daily increase in cases since the pandemic began.

Da Silva saved the current administration’s efforts to contain the outbreak, saying “there is no control in Brazil.” He described the closures as “necessary” – something Bolsonaro has often rejected – and unfavorably compared the country’s current coronavirus strategy to that of former US President Donald Trump, saying “here in Brazil and also in Brazil. US with President Trump, the lack of responsibility was tremendous. “

“[Bolsonaro] he prefers to wake up at 4 in the morning, tell his lies through his cell phone, through social media and we’ve been producing fake news like we’ve never seen in Brazilian history, and he’s not taking it seriously. ” , said da Silva.

Da Silva also said Bolsonaro should have “set aside money for health care and part of our budget to fund small and medium-sized businesses and part of the money for investments in infrastructure works that could create jobs. work “

The resurgence of Brazil’s Covid-19 is pushing hospitals to overflow

Bolsonaro had previously accused Da Silva’s criticism of being politically motivated and defended his management of the coronavirus pandemic, saying local officials had the power to take the necessary containment measures and that it acted in the economic interest of citizens.

As reported by CNN, some members of the Brazilian public have not taken measures of social distancing, following an example given by the current president. In a message to Brazilians, da Silva implored them to stay home “for the good of humanity and the nation.”

“We can’t allow a citizen … to think that he has the right to go out without masks, to go to social gatherings and to party without drinking [into] Be aware that you can also return home with the virus and pass it on to your mother, father and grandmother. “