Lula meets with a Biden envoy to defend Brazil’s electoral system against Bolsonaro attacks

Former President and Presidential Candidate of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Received the charge d’affaires this Wednesday Douglas KonfeThe main authority of the United States Embassy in Brasilia, which defended the electoral system of Brazil.

expressed in the meeting with Koneff worker’s party (PT) that the US government sends its support Superior Electoral Court (TSE) and its respect for the electoral authorities and the form of organization of elections. First round of elections will be held in Brazil on 2 october and the meeting was scheduled for the latter, but in the face of the possibility that the President, Jair BolsonaroDon’t recognize the consequences.

Officially, the meeting was confirmed by the former Foreign Minister celso amorim and the chairman of the Workers’ Party, deputy Hoffman’s Blues, “It was a good and friendly meeting,” assured Amorim, who had attended the meeting with the senator. Jacques WagnerFormer Governor of Bahia.

rapprochement with Washington

The meeting lasted an hour and a half at a hotel in So Paulo and was seen as a gesture by the US President, Joe BidenConsidering the possibility, based on surveys, that da silva could become president-elect In the case of defeating Bolsonaro, who is seeking re-election, on 2 October, by more than half the vote.

“As an exercise, US diplomats … in Brazil regularly meet privately with political parties and candidates. We plan to continue this initiative Meet All the Major Presidential Candidates for the October elections,” a statement from the US Embassy said.

US defends Brazil’s electoral system and its institutions in July

first view of Washington It was in July that the United States Embassy in Brazil published a statement stating that Brazil’s elections are an example to the world And that the US government was confident in the soundness of its institutions. The Brazilian electoral system has 500,000 electronic ballot boxes for elections where 156 million citizens are eligible to vote.

The statement was published shortly after Bolsonaro’s meeting with 40 ambassadors, where he questioned the electronic vote, as he said it was not audible and TSE’s impartiality was not relied upon. In addition, the United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austinasked the brazilian armed forces Those who respect democracy and remain firmly in control of citizens.

“Talks are always important and obviously the United States is important to our trade relationship. They should be interested in talking because of the potential for Lula to win,” the PT president said. The US embassy said in a statement on Wednesday that the meeting with Brazilian leaders is a valuable opportunity to hear political views on mutual interest.

According to the Brazilian newspaper sheetKonf explained that Biden was on behalf of the government. Have faith in Brazil’s electoral system, especially in the face of Bolsonaro’s threats that there could be irregularities against him in the event of a defeat, as he reiterated this Monday from London. Bolsonaro is an ally of the Republicans Donald TrumpThe president was defeated in 2020 by Biden, who did not accept defeat by denouncing the fraud, a position supported even by Brazil’s far-right.

Da Silva meets with more diplomats

Da Silva had two other meetings with foreign diplomats, one of them with Russia, India You South Africa and with another France, Holland, Poland You Swiss, Meanwhile, Koneff got along Cyrus Gomespresidential candidate for Brazilian Labor Party (PDT) Y Con simone tebetpresidential candidate for brazilian democratic movement (MDB) and current Senator.

Koneff is in charge d’affaires of Brazil and is temporarily incumbent at the Brazilian embassy since 2021, at the moment, there is no United States ambassador to Brazil since the departure of former President Donald Trump’s envoy, todd chapman,

The United States is Brazil’s second trading partner since 2009, when China displaced it from the first.

The United States is Brazil’s second largest trading partner since 2009, when it was displaced from that position by China. An important fact that emerged before the meeting is that North American country seeks to expand Security Council membersAccording to Biden’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

This is a historic objective that Brazil has and may also include India as part of the United States’ strategy to halt the progress of Russia and China. BRIC, This group of countries includes Brazil, Russia, China, India, and South Africa, which are considered Most Powerful Emerging Economies,

Six out of 15 polls released over the past two weeks indicate that, in the first round, Da Silva may have more than 50% of the valid votes by one or three points, When only voting intent is considered, da Silva has an average of 46% support, while Bolsonaro accounts for 31%, but the candidate for the PT falls to more than half when it is voted to around 10. % is omitted. which declares the vote to be void or. empty.

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