Weekly Report - 19 August 2021 (WR-21-33)

BRAZIL: Lula on tour

Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) has begun a 10-day tour of the Northeast region, the political bastion of his left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT). While the PT leadership presented it as an opportunity to observe the reality of Brazilians up close and discuss development policies for the region, Lula’s trip is ostensibly a pre-electoral tour to sound out possible alliances ahead of the 2022 presidential elections, in which he is expected to challenge President Jair Bolsonaro’s re-election bid.  

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