By Eduardo Davis |

Brasilia, 22 Sept. (EFE) .- Ten days before the elections in Brazil, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expands the coalition with which he intends to oust the far right of President Jair Bolsonaro and is firmly committed to a first-round victory.

The Brazilians will go to the polls on October 2, and six of the fifteen polls published in the past two weeks indicate that Lula could exceed 50% of the valid votes that same day, which would resolve the dispute.

Considering the sole intention to vote, Lula has on average 46% of the votes, against 31% attributed to Bolsonaro, but the progressive candidate exceeds half when almost 10% who declare to vote null or void are excluded.

In this perspective, Lula enters the last stretch of the campaign determined to fish among those who support Labor Ciro Gomes or Senator Simone Tebet, center-right candidate, who respectively have 9% and 5% in the polls.

The campaign for the helpful vote: “Ciro resigns”

The search for the useful vote focuses on Ciro Gomes, a former ally who quarreled with Lula years ago and who remains in the opposite trench, albeit always aligned with the center-left.

However, Gomes has also lost consensus in the Democratic Labor Party, which is running him for president. On Tuesday, some 40 historical leaders of that group asked him to abdicate his candidacy and to declare his support for Lula to “defeat Bolsonaro’s fascism in the first round”.

Ciro Gomes candidate for president of Brazil for the Democratic Labor Party (PDT), in an archive photo. EFE / Joedson Alves

Dozens of Latin American politicians and intellectuals spoke the same way in a public letter.

«You are in time to correct your mistake, friend Ciro. Contact your followers immediately and tell them that the urgency of the fight against fascism leaves no other choice “than to support Lula, reads the letter, signed, among others, by the Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

This Thursday, in an almost encrypted message, former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002) hinted that, between Bolsonaro and Lula, he is with the progressive leader.

On an unusual note, Cardoso asked voters to vote for those who are committed to “fighting poverty and inequality”, with “equal rights for all regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation”, with “conservation” of the environment and with the “strengthening of democratic institutions”.

Although Lula admits that he “dreams” of winning in the first round, in recent days he has limited himself to encouraging voters to “not stop voting”, because “nothing has been won yet”.

He did so on Thursday in a meeting with organizations for the elderly. Get ready. On the second day they get up, put on their best clothes and go to vote, “she asked.

The captain has no one to write to

Bolsonaro, retired army captainmade an interlude this week in his campaign to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London on Monday and the next day at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Some leaders of the Liberal Party (PL), which has him as its standard bearer, have publicly asked him to adjust his declarations and to approach the moderate right or center-left voters, but the captain of the Reserve Army does nothing but raises his tone and pleases his loyal ultra fans.

He did so in London, in the midst of British mourning, when he greeted a group of Brazilian fans and once again questioned the cleanliness of the electoral system, assuring that if he does not win in the first round there will be “something strange” in the count.

Then, before the UN General Assembly, he delivered a speech that was much more like a candidate than a head of state and qualified him with attacks on Lula.

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, in front of the UN General Assembly. EFE / Jason Szenes

In New York he also met with sympathizers and, as he has done in Brazil, encouraged them to sing “imbroxável”, a word that colloquially roughly defines the man who is not wrong when it comes to sex and uses it to exalt the manhood that he claims to keep at 67.

After those trips, he resumed his campaign this Thursday, insisting that he will win “in the first round” and stated that, once it ends on October 2, “Lula will continue in the dustbin of history”.

Web editing: Juan David Mosos

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