Brazilian Vice President-elect Geraldo Alkmin with Lula on November 10, 2022.

The image hit the front pages of all Brazilian media on November 3rd. An image of Geraldo Alcmina walking proudly through the vast lobby of the Planalto Palace, the workplace of the Brazilian head of state in Brasilia. Wearing a pink tie and beaming, the newly elected Vice President arrived here to begin the transition process that should lead to the return to power of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who will be inaugurated on 1uh January 2023.

A symbolic and unexpected gesture: Jair Bolsonaro wanted to personally greet Alcmine, the official coordinator of the transition group. The two men exchanged a short handshake on the third floor of the palace, away from the cameras. ” Please deliver us from communism ! “, would plead with the far-right president before adding: ” You were supposed to be my “vice”, not Lula. ! »

In Brasilia Geraldo Alkmin is the man of the moment, he feels at ease like no other in these negotiations in a quiet corridor. We must not trust his false appearance of Jacques Chirac. Alcmine is anything but human warmth. Restrained in techno, the former governor of São Paulo is known for his soporific oratorical style, overly articulated and tearing off every syllable in a monotonous tone. Just so everyone understands… at the risk of lulling the audience.

“I’m not a showman ! “, recognizes the one that everyone calls “chayote sherbet” (drunk with chuchu), named after the tasteless pumpkin. His 2018 presidential candidacy ended in a complete fiasco: with 4.76% of the vote, he offered his party (the Brazilian Social Democratic Party, PSDB, right) the worst result in its history. At the same time, Geraldo Alkmin announced his retirement from political life and a return to medicine, his original education.

“From now on, you call me Comrade Lula, and I call you Comrade Alkmin!” “Launches Lula April 8th

But the passage through the desert did not last long. Since 2021, Lula’s team has been contacting Chuch. Jair Bolsonaro is talking about“combine divergent”, repeats the leader of the Workers’ Party (PT). Red metal and blue techno complement each other perfectly. They make the perfect couple. On April 8, 2022, the Lulakmin ticket is sealed. From now on, you call me “comrade Lula”, and I call you “comrade Alkmin.” ! “, launches the former president before the press.

Comrade » ? The title doesn’t stick very well to this man, who was born seventy years ago in Pindamonhangaba, a small town with an unpronounceable name in the state of São Paulo. As a medical student, at a very young age he joined the Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDM), the only opposition party sanctioned by the military dictatorship. His path was swift: he successively became a municipal councilor, mayor, deputy, and was elected to the Constituent Assembly of the new republic.

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