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Joaquim Barbosa with greater chance of growth in presidential race poll show

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Former Supreme Court Joaquim Barbosa

 

Brazil’s first black Supreme Court considers presidential run. So far Marina Silva and Jair Bolsonaro have shared the leadership run-up to the Presidencial elections. Joaquim Barbosa he comes across as being centrist candidate, occupying the space intended by Geraldo Alkmin.

Brazil’s first black Supreme Court justice said Thursday he is considering a run for president, which could be a significant turn since the widely known retired justice appeals to both supporters and detractors of the current front-runner, jailed former President Lula da Silva.

Many people had floated former justice Joaquim Barbosa’s name as a contender for October’s election, but he had never publicly spoken about it before.

But, though he raised the possibility of being a candidate, Barbosa added, “I still haven’t managed to convince myself.”

The comments came as Barbosa talked with journalists during a meeting in Brasilia of the Brazilian Socialist Party, which he joined early in April to give himself a base for a campaign.