Elections in Brazil 2022: what are the main proposals of Bolsonaro and Lula?

This Sunday, October 2, the 2022 general elections will be held in Brazil for which there are 12 candidates for the presidency. However, the elections have as favorites the leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the rightist Jair Bolsonaro.

Lula da Silva who has already been president of the South American giant twice between the period of January 2003 and December 2010, finds himself with the advantage in his favor and, according to the consulting firm Ipec, the former president leads the polls with a 48% intention to vote.

“I need you so that we can defeat our adversary and govern this country well. We are going to give our soul to guarantee that everyone can have breakfast, lunch and dinner”, expressed Lula.

Meanwhile, the current president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro who has around 31% of intention to vote, will seek re-election this Sunday for a second term. In addition, he insisted on his followers not to stay at home and go to the polls, in an attempt to come back a few days before the elections.

“Don’t skip it, don’t stay home. Do not stop having contact with those who think differently from you, ”said Bolsonaro during a live broadcast through his social networks.

Thus, on the occasion of this electoral party, find out below what the main proposals of Lula and Bolsonaro are, who maintain wide differences with the other candidates.

The far-right candidate proposes to exempt from income tax those who earn up to five minimum wages. Likewise, he promises to improve the infrastructure in the less developed regions, in addition to expanding the privatization process.

In its program, it affirms that “it will seek to accelerate the development of actions to reduce and mitigate greenhouse gases”, while recognizing the climate fight as an “inexorable part” of the solution for the future of the planet, affirmations viewed with skepticism by the specialists.

Bolsonaro also defends new “bilateral” and “multilateral” agreements, and is committed to concluding the process of Brazil’s entry into the OECD, to attract investment, capital and strengthen ties with industrialized countries.

In addition, it promises to increase investment in public security agencies, such as state police and the Armed Forces. Likewise, it defends an even greater flexibility in access to weapons, to expand “the fundamental right to legitimate defense and individual freedom.”

Lula, for his part, promises to launch a “renewed and expanded” Bolsa Familia. She indicates that she will add to the 600 reais per month another 150 (USD 28) for each child under six years of age.

It promises to combat illegal mining, fires and deforestation in the Amazon jungle head-on, by strengthening the preservation and control bodies, weakened during the Bolsonaro administration.

Likewise, it indicates that it will comply with the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions assumed in the Paris Agreement, as well as that it will ensure the “energy transition” of the country.

Lula affirmed that a “new policy on drugs” is necessary to replace the current “war” model of combating drug trafficking, with strategies that favor “investigation” and “intelligence” to dismantle criminal organizations.

Finally, it promises to defend “the rights and territories of indigenous peoples” and quilombolas (descendants of slaves), and publicly promised to create a ‘Ministry of native peoples’, headed by an indigenous person.

Finally, it provides for health, education, employment and security policies for the LGTB+ community, and the expansion of social and racial quotas in universities.

With information from AFP.