Opinion

Lula needs Brazilians to believe that lightning can strike twice

The former president will tell a story of economic progress he achieved in the past that he intends to reignite in the future. But could he deliver similar results if he wins the 2022 election?

lula Pro-Lula demonstration in São Paulo. Photo: Paralaxis/Shutterstock
Pro-Lula demonstration in São Paulo. Photo: Paralaxis/Shutterstock

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is eager to run a campaign of contrasts against incumbent Jair Bolsonaro this year. He will compare the economic boom the country experienced during his presidency — 2003-2010, during which Brazil went from being the world’s 13th-largest economy to the sixth — to the scorched-earth scenario over which Mr. Bolsonaro currently presides. 

Under Mr. Bolsonaro and his hapless former Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo, the country went from being an internationally acclaimed rising geopolitical player to a global pariah. 

Lula will tell a story of the economic progress he achieved...

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