The business community is concerned about “greater economic interventionism and Lula’s commitment to workers’ rights”, in particular the promise to reverse the reform which relaxed labor law in 2017, explains Ms. Campello.
The agribusiness sector is one of the biggest supporters of the current president. The grain producer Oscar Cervi is also the first contributor to the Bolsonarist campaign with one million reais (197,000 euros).
A convoy of tractors even took part, symbolically, in the traditional military parade in Brasilia during the Independence Day celebrations on 7 September.
This sector, which represents almost 28% of GDP, has benefited from the efforts made in logistical infrastructure (ports, rail transport) and has recorded good performance despite the war in Ukraine, says Luiz Carlos Correa Carvalho, president of the Brazilian Association of agribusiness.
Jair Bolsonaro’s firm opposition to the claims of the natives in the dispute over the demarcation of their lands, currently before the Supreme Court, is also highly appreciated by agribusiness.
“Lula even said that agribusiness was + right-wing and fascist +, that’s why producers see it as a threat”, explains Mr. Correa Carvalho.
– Bolsonaro “psychopath” –
The agribusiness world also fears that Lula might decide to impose export taxes like centre-left President Alberto Fernandez did in Argentina.
The group of supporters of the president includes a handful of entrepreneurs under investigation by the Supreme Court for having supported, during conversations, a coup d’etat in the event of electoral defeat of their champion.
But this support for the far-right president is not unanimous. Businessman Luis Stuhlberger assured the Brazilian press, for example, that he would “never vote again” for the “psychopath” Bolsonaro.