Chavecito is not the only popular Latin American leftist president fighting the good fight against cancer, and it looks like one of his compadres in that and many other struggles is, like him, battling his way back on more than one front…
The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva (2003-2010) said on Thursday night that he would seek a third term in office in the presidential elections, but only if his political heir, the current president, Dilma Rousseff, decided not to run for re-election.
“The only way I will become a candidate is if President Dilma doesn’t want to run for re-election. I won’t allow a toucan from the opposition to return to the presidency of Brazil,” Lula said in an interview with SBT Television.
A survey by the Datafolha firm, published in April, revealed that 57% of Brazilians think Lula should run in the next presidential election, in spite of the good governance of Rousseff, whose government has an approval rating of 64%, up from 59% in January.
On March 28, as soon as he was diagnosed with a complete remission of his laryngeal cancer, Lula, 66, announced his return to political life.
“I’m going back into politics, because I believe that Brazil must continue to grow, develop, create employment, and improve the lives of millions and millions of Brazilians who have succeeded in joining the middle class and don’t want to slip back,” Lula said in a recorded message.
Since then, he has put in several public appearances, and participated in the promotion of Workers’ Party (PT) candidates, principally in São Paulo, toward the next municipal elections in October.
It’s great to hear that Lula is well again, and even better to hear that he’s supporting Dilma as well as junior PT candidates in their electoral campaigns. With his star power behind them, they should do well in October. And should Dilma decide that she’s had enough, he’s got her back…and his country’s, too.