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Lula indicates that he can leave PT members coordinating the transition out of ministries

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President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) has indicated to allies that he could leave PT members from the party’s hard core out of new government ministries. The official justification is that Lula does not want to weaken the PT by calling all its exponents to compose the Esplanada dos Ministérios.

In this design, the national president of the PT, Gleisi Hoffmann, could be without a position in government. She is a federal deputy re-elected from Paraná, she has a mandate to lead the party until 2024 and she cannot combine functions with the presidency of the initials, according to the statute of the PT. Gleisi’s departure from office would open an internal dispute process, which would require Lula’s political articulation for the choice of the new president.

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Furthermore, PT members participating in the transition discussions recall that Lula has always supported Gleisi in leading positions, even in the face of movements against her in the party and in the federal bench.

Another name close to the president-elect who could remain without a ministry – but not without a post in Brasilia – is Aloizio Mercadante. The former minister participated in all of Lula’s campaigns and played a leading role in the 2022 dispute as a government plan coordinator. Mercadante was also at Lula’s side in national and international trips and political meetings. OR Stage he discovered that he was to be entrusted with an influential function alongside the elected president, inside the Palazzo Planalto.

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Vice-President-elect Geraldo Alckmin coordinates the working group, which includes names such as Marina Silva, André Janones, Gleisi Hoffmann and the president-elect’s lawyer, Cristiano Zanin

Lula competed with a front of ten starting in the first round, expanded into the second round. The petist also needed the support of various sectors of civil society and the business class to win the bitter dispute against Jair Bolsonaro (PL). More than once Lula has repeated that his government will go “beyond the PT” and will be composed of cadres who will represent all the support received during the elections.

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The pledge has prompted a difficult chess game for the president-elect, who is facing demands for space from his own party. The petitioners are asking for vacancies in 12-15 ministries, in a scenario of 30 to 33 folders. In this account, they believe that the PSB should have two ministries and the PCdoB, PSOL, PDT and Citizenship would have one folder each. The PV and the Network, again in the scenario outlined by the members of the PT, shared a ministry. MDB, PSD and União Brasil will also have a place on the Esplanada.

In the case of the MDB, the party collects two seats, one nominated by the House and the other by the Senate. If it depends on the MDB, Senator Simone Tebet, affiliated to the party and listed for Social Development, would enter Lula’s “personal quota”.

Gilberto Kassab’s PSD is also trying to secure two ministries: senators and deputies of the party met with Lula this Tuesday 29. PSD President Kassab met with Vice-President-elect Geraldo Alckmin (PSB) and members of the transition group last weekend, during an event in Guarujá organized by Esfera Brasil with businessmen, politicians and judges.

In addition to parties, the design of ministries must also include the names of sectors that were important to Lula in the 2022 dispute and consider racial and gender diversity. PT members admit that Lula may not be able to establish a government of parity in terms of the number of men and women, but consider that there should be a “substantial participation” of female ministers – they should have the PT’s preference and occupy around a third of the ministries, something like ten chairs. Racial representation will also weigh on choices.

Two advisers close to Lula say the team’s configuration has started to become clearer to the president-elect. External signals are that he wants Fernando Haddad in the Treasury, with former minister José Múcio in defense and former chancellor Mauro Vieira in Itamaraty.

In the Planalto Palace, the main vacancies belong to the PT: the governor of Bahia, Rui Costa, in the Civil House; and Deputy Alexandre Padilha, former Minister of Health, who has returned to the political articulation, in Institutional Relations. The General Secretariat of the Presidency could have the lawyer Marco Aurélio Carvalho.

Representative of the Prerogativas group, Marco Aurélio is also a possible name at the head of the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU), although he has already defended the vacancy of the lawyer Vinícius Marques de Carvalho, former president of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade ).

Deputy Emídio de Souza, very close to Lula, could fill a vacancy in the Planalto in positions such as the chief of staff or the general secretariat of the presidency. The Planalto is also expected to house an office for the future first lady, Janja da Silva.

At Salute there could be the return of former ministers such as Arthur Chioro or José Gomes Temporão. The governor of Ceará, Izolda Cela, is the main bet on education.

Cited for a seat on the Federal Supreme Court (STF), lawyer Cristiano Zanin Martins, who defends Lula, could take over at the Union Attorney General’s (AGU) or Legal Affairs Subcommittee (SAJ) in Planalto. Former SAJ lawyer Jorge Messias also appears in the summons for the AGU.

For human rights, Silvio Almeida would take the vacant post of the PSOL, leaving the way open to Márcio França (PSB), interested in portfolios such as Cities or Transport. If the share of the PSOL went to Almeida, the deputy-elect Guilherme Boulos would be out of the ministry.

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