Lula and Bolsonaro will face off in the final debate

77-year-old Lula and the election favorite and 67-year-old Bolsonaro will debate for two hours on TV Globo.

Re-election candidate President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) and his opponent, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT), face each other in the final televised debate this Friday (28), an event that could be decisive two days ahead. second stage.

Lula, 77, and poll favorite Bolsonaro, 67, will debate for two hours on TV Globo after a month-long campaign filled with back-and-forth coups and misinformation on television and social media.

In the latest Datafolha institute poll released on Thursday, Lula regained a six-point lead, increasing his voting intentions to 53% to the incumbent’s 47%, taking into account valid votes excluding blank and void ballots.

During the previous week, that distance was reduced from six to four points.

In the first round on October 2, Lula won 48% of the vote and Bolsonaro a surprising 43%, beating polls’ expectations.

In a highly polarized scenario, the debate is considered fundamental.

“At the moment, the only thing that can change (the situation) is the debate. 55 percent of Brazilian voters say the debate is very important in their decision. Globo’s debate is usually the last one with a large audience, and this could make a difference. Any slip, any inappropriate speech ends up being very decisive,” political scientist Felipe Nunez, director of the Quaest consultancy, told AFP.


In the previous debate, on October 16, on TV Bandeirantes, the interaction between Bolsonaro and Lula was less aggressive than in the first round, when they exchanged direct attacks in the presence of other candidates.

Bolsonaro exuded confidence after the first-round results, but at least two developments in the past week could complicate his progress. The controversial behavior of Bolsonaro’s former deputy Roberto Jefferson, who responded to an arrest warrant with grenades and shots that injured two police officers.

Under pressure, Bolsonaro, who has sidelined his criticism of the electronic voting system, this week put a new focus on suspicion by denouncing alleged irregularities in the distribution of election campaign inserts on radio stations in the country’s northeast.

The High Electoral Court (TSE) rejected the charges for lack of minimal evidence and warned the presidential campaign that the complaint filed could be considered an “electoral crime” with the aim of “disrupting the second round” a few days before the presidential election.


Analysts say Bolsonaro is laying the groundwork to cast doubt on the results if he loses. This has raised fears of possible incidents such as an invasion of the US Capitol in 2021 after Donald Trump loses the US election.

© Agence France-Presse

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