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Lula betting on Peace and Love to defeat Bolsonaro in 2022

Lula plans to run on a moderate platform, sitting down with political leaders across the spectrum, attempting to gather broad support

Lula speaking to reporters on Oct. 8. The former president cracked jokes and kept his cool. Photo: Fátima Meira/Futura Press/Folhapress
Lula speaking to reporters on Oct. 8. The former president cracked jokes and kept his cool. Photo: Fátima Meira/Futura Press/Folhapress

With just less than a year to go until Brazil’s general elections, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva appears to have found the tone he will adopt as the front-running candidate. Gone will be the former political prisoner, soured by the path the country has taken during the absence of his center-left Workers’ Party from power, and in his place will be “Peace and Love Lula” — the persona that won him his first presidential election back in 2002.

The former president is betting his chips on this more moderate iteration of himself, in the hope of winning over...

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