Brazil Workers Party okays Alckmin as Lula's running mate

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil

© APA | Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former President and Geraldo Alckmin, Sao Paulo's former governor

# 14 April 2022 02:56 (UTC +04:00)

The leadership of former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's Workers Party (PT) on Wednesday approved former Sao Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin as his running mate for Brazil's presidential election in October, APA reports citing Reuters.

Lula, front-runner in the race against far-right incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, has worked for months to round out his ticket with Alckmin, a center-right political veteran who ran unsuccessfully against Lula in 2006. He is expected to allay concerns from business interests about a return of a left-wing government.

The PT's national directorate voted 68 to 16 to approve Alckmin on the Lula ticket, a once-unimaginable union that aims to stop Bolsonaro getting re-elected.

Alckmin joined the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) last week so he could stand as Lula's vice-presidential candidate in an alliance with the PT.

The directorate's approval is expected to be confirmed by the part at a national meeting in early June.