During a speech given on Saturday, April 7, just prior to turning himself in to the Federal Police, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva praised two young leaders of the Brazilian left: Guilherme Boulous, the leader of the Homeless Workers’ Movement, and member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL); and Manuela Dávila, a congresswoman from the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB).
“I can’t repay the gratitude, care, and respect you’ve dedicated towards me all these years. I want to tell you, Guilherme and Manuela, that I’m proud to watch two young leaders fight for the right to become this republic’s president,” said Lula.
The move wasn’t random. Lula wouldn’t use his speech – which drew attention from the whole country – and waste it on meaningless compliments. So, what did the former president mean? Was it an act of passing the torch to other leaders?