Lula appeals to Brazil’s evangelicals before second round vote

Brazilian presidential frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has published an open letter to the country’s evangelicals, as he seeks to chip away at far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s base in advance of a second round of voting in tightly contested elections.
The letter, read at a gathering with evangelical leaders at a Sao Paulo hotel on Wednesday, promised that Lula would respect religious freedoms if elected — as he did during his 2003-2010 presidency.
Lula continues to hold a lead over Bolsonaro before the October 30 vote, but Brazilian opinion polls have underestimated popular support for the far-right leader, who gets much of his backing from evangelicals and other conservatives.

Al Jazeera’s Monica Yanakiew reports from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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