Brazil left rallies behind Haddad to stop Bolsonaro

    10 de octubre de 2018

    Brasilia, Oct 10 (efe-epa).- Workers Party (PT) candidate Fernando Haddad, who will contend in the Oct. 28 presidential runoff against rightist Jair Bolsonaro, has received the support of nearly the entire Brazilian left ahead of the vote.

    Bolsonaro received 46 percent of the vote on Sunday's first round of the presidential election, while Haddad received 29 percent.

    Haddad, who replaced former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as the PT candidate, received on Wednesday the provisional support of the PDT, the center-left party that nominated third-place finisher Ciro Gomes, who got 12.47 percent of the vote.

    On Tuesday, the PT standard-bearer received the unconditional support of two socialist parties, the PSB and the PSOL, and is also backed by the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), which is the party of his running mate, Manuela d'Avila.

    The PDT's support is not a blank check, as the center-left party is mainly concerned about preventing Bolsonaro's victory, who has caused controversy for defending the 1964-1985 military dictatorship and for making racist, sexist and homophobic statements.

    "The executive committee of the PDT declares its provisional support for Haddad's candidacy to avoid the victory of the most reactionary and backward forces in Brazil and the defeat of democracy," the party said in a statement.

    During the campaign, the PDT's Gomes characterized Bolsonaro as a "proto-fascist."

    "We already suffered the 1964 military coup. We are the children and grandchildren of the dictatorship. We do not forget that memory and that is the risk we want to prevent," PDT chair Carlos Lupi said.

    Most other Brazilian parties have remained neutral regarding the Oct. 28 presidential runoff.