The first televised debate among candidates for the October elections in Brazil will be held this Thursday in the absence of the favorite, the imprisoned ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in a sample of the singularities of a consultation marked at the same time by the polarization and disinterest.
Thirteen candidates were nominated in the party conventions that ended the weekend, to play on October 7 (with a possible second round on the 28th) the succession of the conservative president Michel Temer.
His mission will be to awaken some enthusiasm after a mandate marked by corruption scandals, the economic crisis and the impeachment in 2016 of the left-wing president Dilma Rousseff, accused of manipulating public accounts.
Eight of the thirteen candidates will participate in the debate of TV Bandeirantes, from Sao Paulo. Four were left out because they did not have benches from at least five legislators.
Lula, meanwhile, can not participate by determination of a judge who refused an order for the ex-president of the left (2003-2010) to appear by videoconference from the cell of Curitiba (south) where he purges from April a 12-year sentence jail for corruption.
The participants in the Bandeirantes TV debate will be the ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), the environmentalist Marina Silva (Rede), the ex-governor of Sao Paulo Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB, center-right), the center-leftist Ciro Gomes, of the Party Democratic Trabalhista (PDT); former banker Henrique Meirelles (MDB, Temer's party); the leftist Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), Álvaro Dias (Podemos, center) and Cabo Daciolo (Patriota, right).