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LATIN AMERICA | 30-10-2019 18:16

From prison, Lula congratulates Fernández and thanks him for support

“Latin America is moving step by step towards its ties to fraternity and respect,” the former Brazilian president wrote.

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has thanked Argentina's president-elect Alberto Fernández for his support and he wished him good luck in his administration.

A note to that end was spread through the Twitter account of the leftist leader who has been in prison since April 2018. 

“Congratulations on the election in Argentina. I ask that you pass along a big hug to my comrade Cristina [Fernández de Kirchner] and to all the people of Argentina. I thank from my heart for the solidarity that you’ve demonstrated to me and to the people of Brazil,” he wrote. 

He signed the letter “dear friend,” wishing him good luck. 

During the campaign, Fernández visited Lula at a prison in Curitiba, where he’s serving a sentence of eight years and ten months for corruption and money-laundering. 

After celebrating the victory Sunday, Fernández uploaded an image to Twitter that featured the letter “L” formed with fingers to congratulate Lula, who was celebrating his 74th birthday that day. 

Fernández also called for the release of Lula, who he proclaims innocent and a victim of a conspiracy to interfere with the elections in October 2018 that ultimately resulted in the election of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. 

Bolsonaro supported Macri during Argentina’s presidential campaign. He said Monday that Argentina had “chosen badly” and that he wouldn’t congratulate Fernández. 

In his letter, Lula said “Latin America is step by step moving closer towards its ties to fraternity and respect.” 

--AFP

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