Note from the editors: Pedro Brieger is an Argentine journalist and sociologist, author of more than seven books and assistant in publications on international issues. He is currently the director of NODAL, a portal that is exclusively dedicated to the news from Latin America and the Caribbean. He collaborated with various national media such as Clarín, El Cronista, La Nación, Página / 12, Perfil and for magazines such as Noticias, Somos, Le Monde Diplomatique and Panorama. During his career, Brieger won important prizes for his informative work in Argentine radio and television.
(CNN Spanish) – The dizzying rise of Jair Bolsonaro and the extraordinary voices in the first round is a new demonstration that can prevent marginal or unfamiliar characters as "saviors" in times of deep political crisis by the general public.
In Latin America we have had several cases in recent years, although of a different political nature from that of Bolsonaro. In Venezuela, Hugo Chávez triumphed in 1998, in Ecuador Rafael Correa in 2006 and in Paraguay, Fernando Lugo in 2008. The three came from the dissolution of traditional political parties and allowed them to embody the "new" and the "other", such as Bolsonaro. today.
Of course you can not understand the rise of the vice and retired captain in Brazil if you do not take into account that these elections are absolutely irregular, in a country of extreme democratic fragility as a product of the dismissal of Dilma Rousseff in August 2016, who was accused of illegally altering accounts prior to his re-election in 2014 to hide a budget deficit and continue financing popular social programs.
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Added to this was the arrest of former president Lula da Silva a few months ago, due to corruption as a result of the "Lava Jato" case.
As we have already mentioned several times in this column, the goal of the most powerful economic and media sectors was very clear: to prevent continuity in the power of the Workers' Party and the victory of Lula in the 2018 elections. first they left Rousseff and then they took Lula da Silva out of the election race, when she led all the polls with a large margin. Precisely, the rapid rise of Bolsonaro coincides with the time that Lula ended his candidacy in favor of Fernando Haddad. This, counterclockwise, had the difficult task of replacing his maximum leader, who could not accompany him as he did with Dilma Rousseff for two years to build his candidacy and win the 2010 elections. Moreover, the judiciary does not even make it possible to conduct interviews in prison.
Despite this and the stigmatization of the PT media as a gang of bandits, the PT was not the most punished party, because it won 29 percent of the votes, went to the polls and reached the largest bank in the country. Chamber of Deputies, although it has lost several seats.
In fact, the parties that had driven Dilma Rousseff's accusations and dreamed of succeeding were the hardest hit. Ciro Gómez, who reached 12.4% agglutinated sectors from center-left and only triumphed in the state of Ceará. Geraldo Alckmin, who sought the voice of the entire political arch of the center, did not reach 5% of the vote and the candidate of President Michel Temer had barely more than 1% of the votes. Although some refuse to acknowledge this, they were much more punished than the PT.
Those who expected them to pick up the remains of the PT went through the flask. It is still a basic movement and it will cost something more powerful than to reject Dilma Rousseff or imprison Lula to destroy him. Is this what some of you are looking for with Bolsonaro?