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The first draft of Lula’s manifesto fails to impress

Vague and lacking novelty, the 90-point draft manifesto does little to shed light on what Brazil's economic policy would be like should Lula win the presidency again

ATO - LULA When it comes to his economic proposals, Lula has kept his cards close to his chest. Photo: Donaldo Hadlich/Código 19/Folhapress
When it comes to his economic proposals, Lula has kept his cards close to his chest. Photo: Donaldo Hadlich/Código 19/Folhapress

If the Brazilian elections were today, a first-round landslide by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would be a true possibility. Leading each and every opinion poll, the center-left icon has been stingy with concrete proposals — in part, to avoid offering ammunition to his opponents, especially incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, the only one who could drag him into a runoff election.

On Monday, the Workers’ Party sent its manifesto for a third Lula term to six allied groups. The plan was penned by Alozio Mercadante, a former senator who served as Chief of Staff and Education Minister under former President...

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