Brazil: Bolsonaro launches re-election campaign

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has officially launched his re-election campaign, as he trails his main rival badly in opinion polls. Thousands of the far-right president’s supporters gathered at a stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where he was nominated. He promised to retain a welfare programme that makes cash payments to poorer Brazilians. His left-wing rival, Luiz Inscio Lula da Silva, is widely known for his policies to lift people out of poverty. Mr Bolsonaro’s candidacy was officially endorsed by his right-wing Liberal Party. The election is due to take place on 2 October. During the rally at Maracanãzinho stadium, Mr Bolsonaro told his supporters, ‘The army is on our side.’ … Gen Walter Braga Netto, former defence minister, has been nominated as Mr Bolsonaro’s vice-president. Lula, who previously served as president from 2003-10, was officially nominated by the left-wing Worker’s Party on Thursday.” (07/24/22)