The former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva He claimed on his tour of Europe that his country can be back on the international scene as of next year’s elections. “I have to go back to regain the international prestige of Brazil and that the people can eat three times a day”, He raised this Sunday, after announcing his intention to be a candidate for the Presidency in the October 2022 elections, a decision that he will define in the next four months.
After an active tour of Europe, which took him to Germany, Belgium, France and Spain, Lula detailed in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País the reasons that motivate him not to leave the political arena and to fight for a Brazil and for a “more humane world in which everyone has the basics.”
At the end of his presidency in 2010, the referent of the Workers’ Party (PT) recalled, Brazil was positioned on the international scene “in a situation of economic growth and respectability.” Instead, Today in Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil “there are 19 million people who go hungry”, lamented the former president.
“Today (the country) is bankrupt. We have more unemployment and inflation. And the hunger that had ended in Brazil in 2014 returned with great force. Brazil was an international player. And everything was dismantled, “he reviewed.
“I cannot admit that the world produces more food than humanity can eat and that we have 800 million hungry people in the world. Brazil, what is the third largest food producer in the world, people are passing hunger“, I add.
It is this unfair scenario that “makes me want to fight, it makes me young.” Although “I look like I’m 76 years old, I have the energy of my 30s,” he joked. “The world can’t go on like this. That’s why I want to do politics”he insisted.
The words of the former Brazilian president come after the announcement he made this Saturday, when he expressed his intention to run as a candidate in the next elections, a decision that he will define between next February and March, since, he explained, this step “does not depend on personal will. “.
“I have to build with other people and with other parties a program for Brazil. I have to make an alliance, because the important thing is not only to win the elections, it is to be able to govern “, reflected the former head of state.
“All the polls show that my government is considered the best that there was in Brazil: it has been the best moment of social inclusion, universities, increases in employment and salary; the poor and the most humble also won citizenship,” he said. And he added: “If I return to the presidency, I cannot do less than I did. No I can fail I have to go back to recover the international prestige of Brazil and that the people can eat three times a day“.
For this, the ex-president indicated, it would be necessary to perfect the Zero Hunger program With which he lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty and thanks to which, together with a set of public policies, “Brazil became the sixth largest economy in the world” in 2018, he said.
Currently, he contrasted, “it is the thirteenth. The engineering company, the water and gas companies, the naval industry were destroyed. We stopped being a dream for foreign investors and we started to be a nightmare.” His obligation as a militant, he said, “is to try to solve the problems of the Brazilian people.”
“The only reason why I can be a candidate is because I am aware that I can help the poor people of Brazil. I can help her work, eat, and go to college. We already did“, he concluded.