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Lula da Silva calls for free elections in Venezuela

"There is no irreplaceable president," said the former Brazilian president and candidate, referring to the transition of power.

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While on the campaign trail, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva dropped the possibility of a future for the country without Chavism when talking about Venezuela.

"I defend the transition of power in Venezuela and in all countries. There is no irreplaceable president," he said.

"We have to treat Venezuela with respect and always wanting it to be as democratic as possible," added the Workers' Party candidate for president. 

He also advocated for elections that are accepted by all.

Although, he added that he does not agree Western countries' recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela.

In 2018, Lula was jailed for bribery and served 19 months in prison. He stands firm in saying that he is innocent and assured that that case against him was politically motivated.

He also differs with his current far-right rival, Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, who followed in the footsteps of the United States by backing Guaidó and breaking the country's diplomatic ties with Nicolás Maduro.

If he wins in October, he hopes to reestablish relations with Maduro.

"Brazil will treat Venezuela with respect. I hope that the European Union will treat Venezuela with respect and that the United States will reestablish relations with Venezuela," said the leftist candidate during the press conference with foreign journalists.

Lula Da Silva praised what he called the rapprochement between Washington and Caracas under the administration of Joe Biden.

"I hope it's not just about oil," he added.

For his part, Bolsonaro declared in an interview that he "does not close the doors to anyone" in Latin America and that, if re-elected, he will also maintain relations with leftist governments.

"Each country takes care of its country. Let Maduro be whatever he wants, but who has to put him in or take him out is the people of Venezuela and not Bolsonaro, who is worse than Maduro," said Lula. 

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