On multiple occasions, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva told voters that he is the only person capable of leading a broad front against President Jair Bolsonaro, an anti-democratic leader who, despite the numerous failures of his administration, still commands the support of one-third of the electorate.
That broad front just got broader on Monday, when Lula shared a stage with and got the endorsement from Marina Silva, his former Environment Minister. A former ally, Ms. Silva has had a strained relationship with the Workers’ Party in recent years.
Their rapprochement was the culmination of months of behind-the-scenes negotiations to heal old wounds that had been opened by politics. It now gives Lula bonafide credentials in one area where Mr. Bolsonaro is the weakest: the environment.
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- Euan Marshall is an editor at The Brazilian Report and also hosts the Explaining Brazil podcast in the absence of Gustavo Ribeiro.
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