Lula: I will consider running for re-election because I am younger than Biden

Brazilian President Lula said on July 6 that U.S. President Biden will seek re-election in 2024, which will be “an encouragement” for him to seek re-election in 2026, when Lula will be 81 years old.

According to reports, Lula said in an interview with the media that when he went to Hiroshima to attend the G7 summit in May this year, “I met with President Biden and asked him if he was really going to run for president in 2024. He told me,’ Yes, I’ll do it’. It’s an encouragement for me because I’m younger than him.”

According to reports, the leftist leader of Brazil said in the last campaign that he would not seek re-election in 2026, but since taking power on January 1 this year, he has reserved the possibility of running for re-election.

In February of this year, he hinted that depending on the country’s economic situation, he would consider running for president again, and now he has mentioned Biden’s “encouraging” role to him.

But Lula also stressed that it would be “irresponsible” to talk about his possible candidacy at this time.

Lula said, “It is important that we must be very patient, very cautious. I will not allow my ministers to participate in politics in advance”, they can only do so from “March-April 2026”.

Against this backdrop, Lula said he was “working hard” so that his government could find a candidate in 2026, although he did not specify in the interview whether this was referring to himself or someone in his government. any minister.

According to reports, in the 2026 presidential election, Lula’s biggest political opponent, former President Bolsonaro, who was defeated in the election last year, will not be able to run because Brazil’s high electoral court voted on June 30. During his tenure, he abused political power and banned him from running as a candidate in Brazil’s federal, state and municipal elections before 2030.

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