By Eduardo Davis |

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

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 settle the dispute.

When we consider only the intention to vote, Lula collects on average 46% of the support, against 31% attributed to Bolsonaro, but the progressive candidate exceeds half when nearly 10% who declare to vote are discarded.

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

The campaign for the useful vote: “Ciro resigns”

The search for the useful vote focuses on Ciro Gomes, a former ally who fell out with Lula years ago and remains in an opposing trench, although still aligned to the center-left.

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

Ciro Gomes, presidential candidate of Brazil for the Democratic Party of Labor (PDT), in a file photo. EFE/Joedson Alves

Dozens of Latin American politicians and intellectuals expressed the same opinion in a public letter.

“You are in time to make up for your mistake, comrade Ciro. Address your supporters now and tell them that the urgency of the fight against fascism leaves no other choice” than to support Lula, indicates the letter, signed, among others, by the Argentinian 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.

In an unusual note, Cardoso asked voters to vote for who pledges to “fight poverty and inequality”, with “equal rights for all regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation”, with “preservation of the environment and with the “strengthening of democratic institutions”.

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

He did so this Thursday during a meeting with organizations for the elderly. Be ready. On the second day, they get up, put on their best clothes and go to vote,” he asked.

The captain has no one to write to

Bolsonaro, retired army captainmade a parenthesis this week in his campaign to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on Monday, and the next day at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Some leaders of the Liberal Party (PL), who have him as their flag bearer, have publicly asked him to adjust his remarks and approach voters on the moderate right or the center, but the army reserve captain does nothing but raise your voice and please his loyal ultra fans.

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

Then, before the UN General Assembly, he gave a speech that sounded much more like a candidate than a head of state and called it an attack on Lula.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaking to the United Nations General Assembly. EFE/Jason Szenes

In New York, he also met sympathizers and, as he has already done in Brazil, he encouraged them to sing “imbroxável”, a word that crudely colloquially defines the man who does not fail in matters of sex and uses it to exalt the virility he says he keeps at 67.

After these trips, he resumed his campaign on Thursday, insisting that he will win “in the first round” and asserted that once October 2 passes, “Lula will continue in the dustbin of history”.

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