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Brazil’s Lula, eyeing 2022 elections, visits trash recycling staff

BRASILIA, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Gearing up for Brazil’s election marketing campaign subsequent yr, former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday visited rubbish dump scavengers who at the moment are working at a recycling plant.

Lula, a former union chief who led Brazil from 2003 to 2010, is anticipated to problem far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, although neither has formally declared their candidacy.

Lula holds a commanding double-digit lead in opinion polls over Bolsonaro, whose reputation has plummeted over his dealing with of the world’s second-deadliest COVID-19 outbreak, excessive unemployment and rising inflation.

Lula chatted with the largely ladies staff separating recyclable gadgets from rubbish on a conveyor belt and requested them about their work circumstances and wages. Some cheered his go to with shouts of “Lula for president in 2022.”

The 450 staff beforehand scraped out a residing scavenging on Latin America’s second-largest garbage dump, which was closed in 2018. They requested Lula to name on Brazilians to separate meals from recyclable trash at residence to make their work simpler.

Lula has met with politicians in Brasilia as he begins to forge alliances together with his Workers Party. On Friday, he’ll maintain a information convention within the capital.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Dan Grebler

Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Sao Bernardo do Campo near Sao Paulo, Brazil March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli