Mario Vargas Llosa: “Between Bolsonaro, with antics, and Lula, I prefer Bolsonaro” | International

The Spanish-Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa gave his opinion this Wednesday about the elections that will be held next October in Brazil. During a talk he offered in Montevideo, Vargas Llosa pointed out that, despite the “antics” of the current president, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, he prefers his victory over the candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The Nobel Prize for Literature 1990 gave the talk invited by the think tank liberal Center for Development Studies (CED), in which he spoke about current affairs in Latin American countries, including Brazil. “Bolsonaro’s case is very difficult. Bolsonaro’s antics are very difficult for a liberal to admit. Now, between Bolsonaro and Lula, I prefer Bolsonaro. With Bolsonaro’s antics, it’s not Lula, ”said the writer to the attendees, about whom he was president in Brazil between 2003 and 2010, and that he will face the current president in the next elections.

The author of works like The Feast of the Goat, The City and the Dogs either Conversation in the Cathedral He pointed out that “there is a kind of infatuation with Lula, especially in Europe,” but he recalled that the former Brazilian president “was in prison” and the judges convicted him “as a thief.”

Vargas Llosa insisted that Bolsonaro is not a candidate that arouses his “enthusiasm.” He criticized the current president for issues such as his denialist position regarding vaccines against covid-19, a disease that he has just suffered. “He is nonsense, it is absurd to face each other the way he has done. It seems absolutely irresponsible to me”, stressed the winner of the 1994 Cervantes Prize.

According to the latest survey released in Brazil on Tuesday, the advantage that Lula da Silva has in voting intention polls for October fell six percentage points in three months. Despite the fact that the leftist leader continues as the great favorite and still leads the polls with a wide advantage, the distance that separates him from the far-right leader and his main opponent in the elections fell from 14.2 percentage points in February to 8.6 points. in May, according to the survey published by the firm MDA.

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