Lula deploys his negotiating skills to attract evangelicals

Domestic politics is also on the president’s radar Lula da Silva to overturn her, these days, her particular negotiating ability. With offers of concrete advantages, he has managed to calm the waters of Congress, with a former Bolsonaro majority, now in the process of division. The ruler is after another goal: attract the evangelical world associated, until recently, to the previous government and that put more than one stick in the electoral wheel of last year. With the legislators of that religion they already closed a deal, after the commitment to avoid controversial guidelines.

In short, modern democratic demands like legal abortion, gender identity and drug policies, must save another government, or in the best of cases, wait for the last year of this one. For now, these are issues that cannot be freely discussed in the sanctuary of deputies and senators. According to deputy Carlos Viana, coordinator of the evangelical block, the gesture of the PT leader shows that there is a real interest in pacification and mutual respect. “As long as our conditions are not affected, the government will have our support in all matters that were key for Brazil.” In such a way that they are not even willing to judge as something negative, the eventual appointment of Deputy Jean Wyllys, a staunch defender of diversity, in the Communication Secretariat of the Planalto Palace.

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Of course, for Lula it is essential to reduce the public of jair bolsonaro. Not only because of the mid-term elections -next year mayors of the entire country should be held- but also to break the force of what the president himself calls the “extreme right”, causing in his opinion the phenomenon of “hate” in politics. In order to co-opt this increasingly important religious segment in the country, Lula appointed some of his close officials who profess the faith. It is not a minor fact that there are “very” Bolsonaro sectors that are reluctant to accept negotiations. But others, like the deputy Silas Chamber, who will soon be the head of the evangelist bloc, was very favorable to talks with the government.

Negotiating skills allowed Lula to have, today, a new fiscal surplus scheme that it will not be tied to the restrictions imposed in the last six years, since the presidency of Michel Temer. Not only this, he may also soon have a tax reform approved that had not prospered with any of his predecessors. The truth is that the latest polls reveal a solid onslaught of presidential popularity.

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Regarding the achievements, the agricultural subsidy plans that benefit both large producers and family farms stand out among them. Another of the official successes resides in the amount of residences delivered to poor groups, from the north to the south of the country, within the program “My house, my life”. Zero inflation this month also fulfilled its mission in the tendency to approve the Lulista government.

According to the relevant national approval is today 56.2%; superior in more than four points to the distance that existed in October 22 between Lula and Bolsonaro.

There are those who warned that the “lulista” gain of the last month may be due to the fact that Bolsonaro became ineligible for public office until 2030. It was a decision adopted a month ago by the electoral justice.

The government wants to take advantage of, and if possible further increase, the tide of popularity. Among other things, because there are good forecasts for the economy, which will make it easier to attract more parties to the pro-government parliamentary base.

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