Lula da Silva criticized Michel Temer and the former president replied: “With us, Brazil was the 'victim' of a Stroke of Luck”
The PT leader took aim at his successor, calling him a “coup plotter”, and said he had “destroyed” his achievements
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Lula da Silva criticized Michel Temer and the former president responded: “With us, Brazil was the 'victim' of a stroke of luck” (AP)
The president of Brazil , Lula da Silva, criticized his predecessors, Jair Bolsonaro and Michel Temer, whom he also accused of having “destroyed” the achievements of their past terms.
“Today Brazil has 33 million people suffering from hunger. It means that almost everything we did for the social benefit in my country, in 13 years of government, was destroyed in six or seven years, three of the coup leader Michel Temer, and four of Jair Bolsonaro,” he denounced during his visit to Uruguay, where He held a meeting with his counterpart, Luis Lacalle Pou.
In addition, Lula called Temer a “coup plotter” for the role he played in the impeachment trial against former president Dilma Rousseff, a process that the Workers Party has always described as a “coup”.
Lula accused Bolsonaro and Temer of being “coup plotters” (REUTERS)
Temer's party, however, has three ministries within Lula's cabinet, thus occupying the Development, Cities and Transport portfolios.
Lula's statements were made within the framework his second official visit outside the country since he took office on January 1. During his stay in Uruguay, he proposed working to strengthen Mercosur and highlighted the importance of urgently signing the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union, in addition to negotiating a bloc agreement with China.
Prior to that, Lula had participated in the Celac summit, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
After participating in Celac, Lula traveled to Uruguay and met with Luis Lacalle Pou (REUTERS)
Given these statements, Temer used his account Twitter to answer the President and defend his years in office.
“Even having won the elections to take care of the future of Brazil, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva seems to insist on keeping his feet on the platform and his eyes in the rearview mirror, now trying to rewrite history through narratives ideological reasons”, began his message.
Then, the former president denied that the country had been the victim of a coup during his tenure and, on the contrary, it explained that it effectively applied the sanction provided for those who violated the Constitution.
Tweet by Michel Temer
After defending his legitimacy in power, he referred to the allegations of destruction of the PT initiatives achieved in the country.
“It's true, I destroyed a negative 5% of GDP to a positive 1.8%; double-digit inflation at 2.75%; interest from 14.25 to 6.5%; drop in unemployment over time from 13% to 8% thanks to the labor reform; recovery of Petrobras and other public companies thanks to the Public Companies Law; I destroyed the Stock Market, which went from 45,000 points to 85,000 points”, he was ironic about it.
To that, he added: “I committed the destruction of raising the record in the grain production, exports and the trade balance” and concluded by saying that “with our arrival in government, Brazil did not suffer an institutional coup but was 'victim' of a Stroke of Luck”.
Finally, Temer addressed Lula directly and recommended that he “govern by looking forward, defending the truth, practicing harmony and preaching peace” .
(With information from Europa Press)