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Lula Proposes a Broad Front and Opposition Block to Temer

09/01/2016 - 11h34

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CATIA SEABRA
THAIS ARBEX
FROM SÃO PAULO

Back in the role of opposition, the PT (Workers Party) is proposing to allies the formation of a block of resistance to the Michel Temer government.

Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has reactivated plans organizing a broad leftist front.

This Wednesday (the 31st), while following the impeachment vote next to Dilma Rousseff in the Alvorada Palace, Lula suggested to Carlos Lupi, National President of the PDT Party, the creation of a new opposition block in Congress and offered leadership of the minority block to the PDT.

At the Palace, Dilma defended a "political fight". "This isn't the first time that I've been hunted down. It's not going to stay like this", she said, according to allies.

Up until now the PT had been concentrating on defending Dilma's position and term.

Now it is reigniting debate regarding the creation of a front inspired by the Uruguay model looking ahead to 2018: a grand coalition uniting not just political parties, but trade unions, associations, leftist movements, intellectuals, artists and entertainers around a unified program.

According to Lupi, Lula didn't rule out the launching of a non-PT candidate for President, and among those being talked about is former minister Ciro Gomes (PDT).

"He said that Ciro is the most qualified, but the problem is his temperament", said the PDT leader.

Translated by LLOYD HARDER

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Ex-president Lula da Silva and singer Chico Buarque
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