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Lula still hasn’t hit the gavel on who will be the Minister of Economy in an eventual government.

The PT has already signaled that this year there will be no reissue of the famous “Letter to the Brazilian people” of 2002, in which the then candidate promised the market a government without ruptures and with the maintenance of the macroeconomic tripod created by his predecessor FHC.

At the time, Henrique Meirelles was the name chosen by the party to assuage Faria Lima’s tension regarding the emergence of an excessively intervening government in the economy.

Currently, within the PT, there is an understanding that Lula no longer needs the corporate blessing to come to power and that his two governments speak for themselves – the fiscal lack of control so fought today would only come later, in the government of his successor, Dilma Rousseff.

It is known, however, that the president will have to balance between the fiscal control agenda and that of the developmentalism with strong social investment, which is the demand of its main ideological support base.

PT interlocutors say that it is because of the need to meet his two demands that Lula still does not have a clearer candidate for the post of Minister of Economy.

In the meantime, however, Lula has been holding meetings with economists. This Friday, the meeting at the Perseu Abramo Foundation had Aloízio Mercadante, Luiz Gonzaga Beluzzo, Guido Mantega, Nelson Barbosa, among others.

According to the PT, the meeting “made an analysis of the current economic situation of the Jair Bolsonaro government, the challenges of the economy in 2022 and possible measures to improve the country’s economic situation”.

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