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Lula-Alckmin: the most unlikely bedfellows could share a presidential slate

Despite being on opposite sides of the Brazilian political dichotomy pre-2018 and facing off in 2006, Lula and Geraldo Alckmin could be about to team up to topple President Bolsonaro

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Lula (in the red tie) after a dinner party with Geraldo Alckmin, in São Paulo. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/IL

Earlier this week, Brasília correspondent André Spigariol explained why selecting a running mate has been such a delicate subject for Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. But the incumbent isn’t the only one who has to solve this political puzzle ahead of the 2022 election. Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who leads all polls, is having trouble of his own picking his potential future vice president.

An icon of Brazil’s left, Lula has toyed with the idea of appointing well-heeled conservative and former São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin as his running mate — a move that would be...

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