Lula retains solid lead over Bolsonaro for 2022 Brazil race, poll shows

BRASILIA – Brazil’s leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remains ahead of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro by a significant margin in voter preferences for the 2022 elections, a survey by pollster Datafolha showed on Friday. Voter support for Lula slipped to 44% from 46% in July, and Bolsonaro gained a percentage point to 26%, according to the poll, which asked voters to chose as if the election were now. In a simulated runoff…

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Bolsonaro’s support hits fresh low ahead of Brazil 2022 vote, poll shows

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s popularity has hit the lowest point of his time in office, a Datafolha poll showed on Thursday, with 53% of respondents disapproving of him ahead of a presidential election next year. The pollster’s last survey, in July, showed 51% of respondents disapproved of the far-right former army captain. This month’s poll showed 22% rate him as good or excellent, down from 24% in the earlier poll. Bolsonaro…

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Brazil electoral court to probe Bolsonaro rallies, source says

BRASILIA – Brazil’s federal electoral court (TSE) is set to probe the funding of last week’s rallies in support of President Jair Bolsonaro, as well as alleged election campaigning outside the allotted legal time frame, a person familiar with the matter told . Bolsonaro, who is down in the polls ahead of next year’s vote, was banking on the Sept. 7 marches to fire up his base, ease pressure from the judiciary and reanimate his…

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Brazil Senate president kills Bolsonaro’s social media decree, source says

BRASILIA – Brazilian Senate leader Rodrigo Pacheco has declined to hear President Jair Bolsonaro’s decree that limits social networks’ power to remove content, invalidating the measure, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Tuesday. Last week, Bolsonaro signed a temporary measure, which required congressional approval to become law, changing internet regulations to combat “arbitrary removal” of accounts, profiles and content. The decree, the president’s office said, aimed to protect “freedom of speech,” but…

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Brazilian truckers’ Bolsonaro sympathy strike fizzles out

SAO PAULO – A protest by Brazilian truckers loyal to President Jair Bolsonaro had largely fizzled out on Friday, a relief for industries that feared supply shortages. Brazil’s infrastructure minister said in a statement early Friday that there were protests along highways in three states – Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Rondonia – but no roads were blocked. That compared with 16 states that had registered highway protests earlier in the week. The…

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Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon falls for second month, remains high

BRASILIA – Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest fell for the second consecutive month in August, compared to a year ago, according to preliminary government data published on Friday, with year-to-date figures for 2021 also showing a slight decline. Forest clearances in August totaled 918 square kilometers (354 square miles), down 32% from the same month a year ago, data from the national space research agency Inpe showed. For January to August, deforestation edged down 1.2%…

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Portugal lifts COVID-19 travel ban on tourists from Brazil

LISBON – Portugal said on Wednesday it would allow entry for tourists from Brazil, nearly 18 months after it imposed a ban on non-essential travel from the Portuguese-speaking South American nation to stem the spread of coronavirus. Although Brazilians, who make up Portugal’s biggest expatriate community, were allowed access for reasons such as work, family or health, the lifting of the tourism ban has been long-awaited. Portugal is now open to tourists from the European…

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Brazil’s Pele in ‘good health’ as he visits hospital for routine exams

BRASILIA – Brazilian former soccer star Pele said on Tuesday that he was undergoing routine exams in hospital and that he was in good health, denying a report of a more serious health issue. “Guys, I didn’t faint and I’m in very good health. I went for my routine exams, which I had not been able to do before because of the pandemic,” Pele wrote on Twitter. A representative for Pele said he would be…

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Soccer – Brazil abandons plans to have fans at Argentine qualifier

SAO PAULO – Brazilian authorities have abandoned plans to allow a crowd of 12,000 to watch Sunday’s World Cup qualifier with Argentina due to what the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said was a lack of time to prepare. The CBF had promised a 12,000 crowd would be the first step to the possible reopening of stadiums in Brazil after almost a year-and-a-half of games without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, only 1,500 invited…

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Brazil president Bolsonaro says Biden govt is leftist, “obsessed with environment”

SAO PAULO – Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday the government of U.S. President Joe Biden “tends to the left” and is obsessed about the environment. Bolsonaro said the Brazilian government has recently had contacts with the U.S. government regarding Latin America and said the U.S. supports democracies in the region.

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