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Brazil's Haddad is finally putting pressure on Lula's supporters



SAO PAULO (AP) – Fernando Haddad wants to win the Brazilians who voted for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the run-up to Sunday's runoff election.

Left Haddad On Thursday, he will visit three states in Brazil's impoverished northeast, which is a stronghold for his workers' party, and ends Saturday with a rally in a slum in Sao Paulo.

Opinion polls say right-wing congressman Jair Bolsonaro Haddad is leading more than 10 percentage points, supported by some voters who were once supporters of Da Silva.

The northeast could be Haddad's best bet to catch up lost ground. The region hosts nearly 40 million of the 1

47 million voters in Brazil and is the only place where Haddad Bolsonaro heads.

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"It's important to have a bond with the poor," Haddad said at a press conference.

Haddad, handpicked Da Silva, imprisoned as a candidate of the Labor Party, will visit three northeastern states ruled by allies. Campaign manager Emidio de Souza said Haddad will also try to attract moderate and evangelical voters in the final days before the election.

"Many voters are deciding in the last few days and they see the risks of a violent, authoritarian Bolsonaro administration, there is still time," said de Souza.

Earlier, Haddad met with members of a Mission of the Organization of American States watching the elections in Brazil.

Former Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla, who heads the mission, said spreading false news about the WhatsApp messaging service during the campaign in Brazil is unprecedented.

"It's the first time in a democracy that we're watching the use of WhatsApp for massive exchanges of counterfeit messages," she said

. Haddad repeatedly accused Bolsonaro of financing a false news campaign against him. Chinchilla said the lead candidate has not yet accepted an invitation to discuss Brazil's election with the OAS mission.

"We want to stress how important it is that balloting in the runoff is rational, informed and not influenced by many coming feelings of false news," said Chinchilla.

On Thursday, a survey by Datafolha said Haddad had gained some ground against Bolsonaro despite still being double digits. Haddad's support rose from 41 percent last week to 44 percent. Support for Bolsonaro declined from 59 percent to 56 percent.

Datafolha interviewed 9,173 voters on Wednesday and Thursday. The error rate was two percentage points.

At a press conference on Thursday, Bolsonaro made his promise to remove Brazil from the Paris Climate Agreement if he wins the presidency. He said that he could discuss the conditions if the sovereignty of Brazil was guaranteed.

Asked which treaty conditions could violate Brazil's sovereignty, Bolsonaro said, "This is information that I have and that is genuine, obviously they are not revealed for their size."

One for Friday's televised debate was canceled after Bolsonaro refused to participate, as he has since stinging in a September 6 election campaign

Gen. Augusto Heleno, an ally of Bolsonaro, said in a video that the decision was due to a "terrorist plot" against the candidate, although he gave no evidence.


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