Lula and Bolsonaro accuse each other of lying during the 1st televised face to face

The two Brazilian presidential candidates, Jair Bolsonaro and Lula, went blow for blow on Sunday, accusing each other of lying during their first televised face to face, two weeks before the second round.

“Lula, stop lying, a man of your age! »launched the far-right president, 67, during the first minutes of this debate on the Bandeirantes channel.

“You are the king of fake news, the king of stupidity”retorted the former left-wing head of state Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010).

Lula, 76, spent a good part of his speaking time at the start of the debate to castigate the ” neglect “ of his opponent during the Covid-19 pandemic, which killed more than 680,000 people in Brazil.

Jair Bolsonaro for his part accused the former metalworker of “not having the slightest concern for the poorest”congratulating himself on having obtained approval for exceptional expenses amounting to 600 reais (around 97 euros) in allowances paid to the poorest families.

Lula won 48.3% of the vote in the first round on October 2, against 43.2% for the far-right president.

The electoral campaign was marked by virulent attacks between the candidates and their entourages, who did not hesitate to launch accusations of cannibalism, pedophilia or links with organized crime.

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Jair Bolsonaro was castigated on Saturday by the left-wing opposition for recounting having entered a house inhabited by young Venezuelan women, minors, in 2021, suggesting that they were prostitutes.

“I parked my motorbike on a corner, took off my helmet and started looking at the girls, three or four, pretty, 14, 15, dressed as one can be on a Saturday in a neighborhood. An atmosphere was created, I came back, + can I come into your house? +, I came in”, he said.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly claimed that Brazil would meet the same fate as Venezuela if their rival wins.

In the face of the deluge of criticism sparked by these statements – the president of the PT (Workers’ Party, left, from which Lula comes) Gleisi Hoffmann called Bolsonaro a “depraved” – the Brazilian president assured to have “always fought pedophilia” and specified having entered the house with “ten other people” and in front of CNN cameras.

Arriving at the studio for the debate, the far-right president said the past 24 hours had been “the most terrible” of his life because of these charges.

The president of the Superior Electoral Tribunal, Alexandre de Moraes, on Sunday ordered that videos associating Jair Bolsonaro with pedophilia be removed from major social media platforms, the president’s remarks being, according to him, “taken out of context”.

Lula would win the second round of the presidential election, which will take place on October 30, with 53% of the votes cast against 47% for Jair Bolsonaro, according to a Datafolha poll published on Friday

The second round promises to be hotly contested in this extremely polarized election and the two candidates have striven to rally political support and try to convince the undecided by pursuing an intense campaign throughout Brazil.

The various polling institutes have been widely criticized for not having anticipated the high score of the outgoing president, to which they attributed a maximum of 37%, in the 1st round.

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