Opinion

Anti-Bolsonaro struggle reshapes political arrangements for 2022 Brazil

Old foes, former Presidents Lula and Cardoso met last month, after which the latter said he might vote for his erstwhile enemy against Jair Bolsonaro

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Lula and Cardoso: “There was much democracy on the menu.” Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/IL

It was revealed on May 21 that Brazil’s two most prominent political figures since redemocratization had sat down to lunch earlier that month. Though a meeting between former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002) and his center-left successor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010) was not in itself headline news, Mr. Cardoso also announced that he would vote for Lula in a potential runoff against incumbent far-right President Jair Bolsonaro come the 2022 election.

After much rancor between the two men — and between the two major parties for which they stand as avatars — this change in tone is significant....

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