After a government administration by Jair Bolsonaro that placed Brazil on the extreme right in ideological terms, with great institutional, social and economic setbacks, former progressive president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has a real chance of returning to power in October 2022 After the annulment of the judicial convictions and having regained his political rights, the former union leader is trying to build bridges with the center-right, as he has done in the past, and offer a message of hope and national reconciliation to capitalize on the widespread rejection of the Bolsonaro government.
Brazil's recent history can be summed up in three covers of the British weekly The Economist , variations on one of the country's most iconic symbols, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, erected in the 1920s in the hills overlooking Rio de Janeiro. The Whatsapp Mobile Number List in 2009, shows the statue of Christ transformed into a rocket, propelling towards the skies, under the title "Brazil takes off"1. In the second, from 2013, the rocket statue is in a tailspin, out of control, and the magazine wonders: "Has Brazil screwed it up?"two.
Lastly, on the third cover, which appeared in June 2021, the statue is motionless, possibly in a coma, wearing a mask connected to an oxygen tank, a direct reference to the country's disastrous handling of the covid-19 pandemic. . The diagnosis is unequivocal: "The fateful decade of Brazil"3. Everything has gone wrong – very wrong – in the last ten years. And a few months before the presidential elections of October 2022, all the polls indicate that the majority of Brazilians seem inclined to once again entrust the task of running the country to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, president between 2003 and 2011, in the which, in retrospect, now seems to have been almost a golden age.