Interview with José Mujica: “Lula is going to be criticized for not being radical from the left. And from the right they are going to criticize him for being populist”

  • Gerardo Lissard
  • BBC News World

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José “Pepe” Mujica, former president of Uruguay (left) and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (right), president-elect of Brazil.

The dialogue is interrupted by an ovation and José “Pepe” Mujica warns: “There is a hubbub because Lula is arriving,” who has just been elected president of Brazil.

It is Sunday night and the former Uruguayan president is in the bunker of his friend Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in São Paulo. He traveled to accompany him in his closing campaign and in his most important election.

From there, when the Brazilian electoral justice confirmed that Lula had won a tight ballot against the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, Mujica evaluated the importance of the moment in an interview with BBC Mundo.

Both leftist leaders have known each other well since the times they were presidents, the Brazilian between 2003 and 2010 and the Uruguayan from 2010 to 2015.

Interview with José Mujica: “Lula is going to be criticized for not being radical from the left. And from the right they are going to criticize him for being populist” – BBC News Mundo