Raúl Castro junto a Lula da Silva y Miguel Díaz-Canel

Díaz-Canel and Maduro celebrate Lula’s victory: “Now we are going to work together”

MIAMI, United States. — Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated the elected president of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who narrowly surpassed Jair Bolsonaro in the elections last Sunday.

A video released by the island’s state propaganda shows Raúl Castro’s successor talking by telephone with Lula da Silva and celebrating the victory of the leftist candidate.

“Your victory belongs to Brazil and Latin America and the Caribbean, to integration and peace. Always count on Cuba,” Díaz-Canel told Lula last Sunday night.

“Last night, with the emotion of victory, I spoke with Lula. I sent him hugs from Raúl, from the people and the government of Cuba,” said the president in Twitter.

Lula’s victory in Brazil, like Petro’s in Colombia and Boric’s in Chile, is a breath of fresh air for the Cuban regime. Something similar is happening in Venezuela with Nicolás Maduro, who also spoke with Lula after the ballot on Sunday.

“I had a good telephone conversation with the President-elect of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, with whom we agreed to resume the Binational Cooperation Agenda between our countries,” said the Chavista dictator.

Lula beat Bolsonaro by the narrowest margin in Brazilian history since 1989, when democracy was restored after the end of the dictatorship.

“They have tried to bury me alive and today I am here to govern this country,” said the president-elect of Brazil, who already held office between 2003 and 2011 and who will be inaugurated on January 1, 2023.

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