Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has widened his lead over incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, less than a week before one of the most divisive presidential elections in Brazil’s history.
A Genial/Quaest poll released on Wednesday showed Lula, who served as president from 2003 to 2010, with a 13-percentage-point lead over his far-right rival.
Recent polls indicate that the former left-wing leader could beat Bolsonaro in the first round of voting on Sunday. In 2003, Lula became Brazil’s first working class president.
He introduced sweeping social programs to combat poverty and lift the station of working class Brazilians from providing education to fresh water access.
Twelve years after he left office with more than 80% percent approval ratings, an older, and perhaps more cautious Lula has return, promising to bring back better days, especially for the poor.
Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman travelled to Pernambuco, Lula’s place of birth and one of the country’s poorest regions to find out how it all began.
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