Brazil’s Lula Says No to Last Debate and Opponent Calls Him a Deserter

Those who bet that Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would take part in Globo’s TV last debate before the elections Sunday, October 1st, lost it, Just a few hours before the debate was supposed to start, the president sent a letter to the TV network breaking the news.

Many believed, including this magazine, that Lula had weighted all the options and decided that the best would be to participate in the debate in order to refute charges of corruption that have just flared again after the Federal Police discovered a PT (the president’s party) scheme to buy for almost US$ 1 million a dossier incriminating opposition candidates.

The Planalto Palace, the president’s office, kept the suspense about Lula’s participation in the debate until the last minute. When he finally boarded a plane at 6:40 pm, his aides revealed, it was to go to São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, to talk in the last rally of the party before election day.

According to a note released by the Workers Party, Lula decided to skip the TV encounter with three other presidential candidates due to  the "virulence and despair level of some opponents, who are leaving the discussion of proposals and ideas in the background, to dedicate themselves, almost exclusively, to the gratuitous attacks and personal aggressions."

Without Lula, whose empty chair sporting his name will be shown anyway during the debate, the encounter will happen among candidates Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB), Heloí­sa Helena (PSOL) and Cristovam Buarque (PDT).

The debate will start at 10 pm, a time that many believe will prevent the poorer voters from watching, since they have to go early to bed in order to wake up in the morning for work.

The live show comes after Páginas da Vida (Life Pages), a popular soap opera. The debate will also be carried on the Internet at http://g1.globo.com.

Alckmin called Lula a deserter. In an official note in his site, the PSDB candidate wrote: "Deserter Lula is avoiding the debate so that he doesn’t have to explain the scandals." He called the president’s decision shameful.

Tags:

  • Show Comments (3)

  • bitter ex pat

    Like most in Sambalandia, the fool canÀ‚´t put together a coherent thought.

    Sorry Einstein, no yanks here. Try again you monosynaptic primate.

  • heyhey

    hey di caprio king of the world,

    “When you think it is impossible to have a lower opinion of Brazilians, elections always have a way of helping you break new ground. “

    don’t ever forget, di catzo, the same phrase can be aplied to you. Letz not even mention America OKDOK? 8)

  • bitter ex pat

    Freaking coward. Yet, the majority of voters will sympathize with this corrupt baffoon. When you think it is impossible to have a lower opinion of Brazilians, elections always have a way of helping you break new ground.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Profit Taking Leads Brazil Market Downhill

Latin American issues mostly declined under the weight of a sharp Brazilian fall. Profit-taking ...

Brazil Wants to Know Where Brazilians Keep Their Racism

The 117th anniversary of the Lei Àurea (Golden Law), which ended slavery in Brazil, ...

Brazil’s Petrobras Gets Into the Alcohol Business

Petrobras, the Brazilian oil giant, decided to enter once and for all the international ...

New York Gets to See the Best Documentaries Brazilians Have Ever Shot

Without a doubt Brazil is one of the most interesting countries in the Americas ...

Brazil, US and EU Narrow Gap on Farm Subsidy and Market Opening Discussions

The need to intensify negotiations about agricultural and non agricultural market-opening, and about domestic ...

A Brazilian Ant With a Christian Message for the Whole World

Smilingüido is an ant that lives with his friends in the anthill of the ...

How China Fits into Brazil’s Plans

With an eye on China’s voluminous foreign reserves, Brazil hopes to attract investment in ...

Abbas Ends Visit to Brazil Defending Peaceful Coexistence in Holy Land

Just before leaving Brazil after a visit to Salvador, Bahia, where he met Brazilian ...

Au Revoir, Dictionary-Man

Bibliography: By Alessandra Dalevi With characteristic humility Antônio Houaiss used to call himself "a ...

For the First Time, Brazilian Indians Have Chance to Shape Own Policy

Brazilian Indians themselves will show the way to a better Indianist policy. According to ...