Brazil: Sergio Moro is back and wants to be president

Investigated by the Supreme Court for having manipulated sentences for political purposes against former president Luiz inácio Lula da Silva, the former judge Sergio Moro (Photo) He left his consulting job in the United States and returned to Brazil to join the right-wing Podemos party in order to be a “third way” in the presidential elections of October 2022.

“A fair Brazil for all” Moro wrote this Tuesday on his Twitter account, accompanying the call for the act of his affiliation, which will be held on the 10th of this month in Brasilia. His possible candidacy has the support of figures from the Globo media group and former Bolsonarista ministers like retired general Carlos Santos Cruz.

Moro is being exhibited before the circles of power as the representative of a “Bolsonarismo without Bolsonaro”. The Podemos party is considered the parliamentary arm of what was Operation Lava Jato and an ally in the Executive’s economic agenda. One of his senators was even part of Bolsonaro’s defenders in the Senate parliamentary commission that accused the president of nine serious crimes for his management of the pandemic.

The Supreme Federal Court determined this year that Moro was partial and exercised a political persecution against former president Lula. The then judge convicted Lula in Operation Lava Jato in 2017 and imprisoned him the following year, which left the former president out of the elections in which Bolsonaro ended up winning. Next, Moro left the magistracy to assume as Minister of Justice of the new government on January 1, 2019.

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15 months later, Moro ended up slamming the door by denouncing the interference of his then boss in the appointment of commissioners of the Federal Police. In economics he is a declared neoliberal and had come to the government because of his good relationship with the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes.

Moro gathers an eight percent vote intention, far from the favorite Lula and Bolsonaro. The former magistrate is part of a platoon called “third way” in which Labor Ciro Gomes and neoliberal ex-Bolsonaristas coexist such as the governor of San Pablo, Joao Doria.

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