The meeting of the eight former presidential candidates with Lula, which showed Meirelles’ support for the PT on Monday (19), did not bring such an unexpected fact, in the opinion of João Amoêdo, who was also a candidate for the Presidency in 2018, for the Novo party, but he is not part of the group that now endorses the PT candidate.
Although it was not unpredictable, Meirelles’ gesture increases the suspense about the conduct of the spending ceiling debate in an eventual Lula government.
“Meirelles’ approach is not surprising, given that he was president of the Central Bank during Lula’s government. On the other hand, Meirelles implemented the spending cap, a fundamental measure for fiscal responsibility, and Lula is against it. Meirelles’ support is conditioned to economic measures that he considers important”, says Amoêdo.
Former president of the Central Bank and former finance minister in the government of Michel Temer (MDB), Meirelles participated, this Monday, in a campaign event by Lula and Fernando Haddad (PT) in São Paulo.
In an interview with Folha, Meirelles stated that Lula will be the best option if he repeats the economic guidelines of previous terms and defended that the country needs to respect the spending ceiling combined with administrative and tax reforms. The former minister called Lula and Bolsonaro’s proposals for the economy generic, said that a declaration is needed that the ceiling will be respected, in addition to reforms and the closing of state-owned companies to generate resources that enable social programs within the ceiling.
Lula, in turn, has already said in the campaign that he does not believe in a spending ceiling and, this Monday (19), alongside Meirelles, he again criticized the mechanism, but without mentioning it directly.
In addition to Meirelles, the former senator Cristovam Buarque (Citizenship), former governor Geraldo Alckmin (PSB), Lula’s deputy, and former minister Marina Silva (Rede), who declared support for Lula last week, participated in the meeting this Monday. last week, homeless leader Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), former mayor Fernando Haddad (PT), state deputy Luciana Genro (PSOL) and João Goulart Filho (PC do B).
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