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Moro wants to become Brazil's “third way” amid polarization, despite being a Bolsonarist option

Thursday, November 18th 2021 - 09:55 UTC
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Moro had hoped Bolsonaro “would be more of a statesman.” Moro had hoped Bolsonaro “would be more of a statesman.”

Former Lava Jato Judge Sergio Moro said he was “ready” to challenge President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva in the October 2022 elections.

Moro, who as a judge jailed Lula for corruption, his decision eventually overturned by the Supreme Federal Court, was also Justice Minister under Bolsonaro but resigned his position.

During an appearance on TV Globo, he said he was disappointed at both of them.

“I am ready to lead this project, to build a project consistent with the Brazilian people, if the people have confidence in me, that project will continue,” Moro said.

“This path begins now with membership,” Moro said as he announced his affiliation to the Podemos party. “We are open to directing Brazil. It goes far beyond the fight against corruption. We need to become the country of the future finally; I'm ready,” he went on.

Between 2019 and 2020 Moro was Minister of Justice and Public Security of the Bolsonaro government, during which time he said he had asked the President to adopt some measures against corruption, but Bolsonaro ignored the issue.

“I confess that I was surprised by this attitude because he had adopted a discourse oriented towards the fight against corruption,” Moro admitted.

“I had the expectation that the president would be more of a statesman,” he pointed out.

Regarding his performance as the magistrate in charge of Lava Jato, Moro explained that “what we saw in the Lula government were the biggest scandals in history.”

Moro is said to be trying to become a “third way” amid “polarization” between Bolsonaro and Lula. However, Moro and Bolsonaro are roughly contesting the same voter.

He also denied interference in the 2018 electoral process and reaffirmed that he accepted the position of Minister of Justice and Public Security in the Bolsonaro government, believing that it was “the opportunity to help the Brazilian people.”

Moro is now seeking support from the “lavajatista” bases, including groups that led the demonstrations for the impeachment of former president Dilma Rousseff, such as Vem Pra Rua and Movimento Brasil Livre.

A survey by the Quaest polling agency published last week showed Moro had 8% of the voting intentions, way behind Lula's 48% and Bolsonaro's 21%.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Terence Hill

    “Obviously you are still very upset … Need I say more?”

    Obviously, it isn’t true otherwise you’d be able to show the why and the wherefore.
    No proof no truth, but I’m sure the fascist you’re enabling appreciates your sucking.


    I wondered why you impersonated him at every opportunity get you. I guess his social life must be a bit more exciting than being stuck watching fruit grow.

    Nov 18th, 2021 - 05:59 pm +1
  • Terence Hill

    “It goes far beyond the fight against corruption. We need to become the country of the future finally; I'm ready.”

    Hmm, who to believe the poster boy for corruption, or the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil (STF).

    ”The Supreme Federal Court of Brazil (STF) then decided that all decisions made by Moro in the case of the Guarujá triplex, “Including the facts practiced in the pre-trial phase” were null because the magistrate “Showed partiality in his conduct.“

    Nov 18th, 2021 - 10:23 am 0
  • FortHay

    Terence, right you are, but the sentiment is still worth striving for: “It goes far beyond the fight against corruption. We need to become the country of the future finally; . . .”
    Problem is, actions speak louder than words. Lula and the PT say they are not corrupt. Bolsonaro and the military say they are clean. I pray Brazil will start to ACT like the country of the future. Most ordinary citizens, I would venture, could care less which political stripe it wears, as long as the actions of their leadership reflect honesty, integrity and a public service commitment.

    Nov 18th, 2021 - 04:58 pm 0
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