Lula, Venezuela, Lopez discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
It is an especially onerous imposition, bestowing yourself every few years to walk up the street and make a mark on a piece of paper. It's about the least you can be asked for the fabulous boon that is citizenship of a free democracy. Making it compulsory, gently reminds that this spectacular good fortune confers duties as well as privileges. For Monica 24, I'm Andrew mullet. And thanks, as always, too, Andrew. He's taking it says here a well earned break in Australia this week. I'll be the judge of that. But he hasn't been compiling his weekly what we learned monologue, Moore's the pity, but fear not because where we would have played that. Instead, we have this. I'm joined by Monaco senior correspondent. Hello. And also by our Latin America affairs correspondent lucinda Elliott, who's on the line from Buenos Aires to tell us about some of the stories making news in South America. And I'll come to you to send a first of all a good morning to you to where you are. Let's look towards Venezuela, really interesting. I love it when lots of to use a few slight generalizations. Some crooked politicians seem to always come back into circulation in your part of the world. What's happening in Venezuela? Tell us about this one. So Venezuelans opposition candidate leopoldo Lopez, who was long jailed, is actually planning to take part in primary elections. Well, considering also that Lopez lives in Madrid and he gave this speech at Harvard University this week and will likely have difficulties returning from exile to run in an actual race, means that the story says half of something really rather than what it may or may not reveal about president Maduro, who has sidelined many of his rivals since he assumed office is what the prospect of Lopez running again. There's about the Venezuelan opposition because they've long boycotted elections and now it appears that the opposition is changing to tactics and realizing that they have to take part in some form of electoral process in Venezuela, even if they argue that it's fraudulent, the Maduro is governing on lawfully, et cetera. And this is really sort of opening up a path once again, says Lopez to mobilize the Venezuelan people, but it's really a shift in the position of the opposition that has refused to take part in elections for years. Yeah, really interesting. And Fernando, let me bring you in here with someone else who has sort of exiled or had some run ins with the law himself, Lula, of course. Now what's happening with him because this sort of will he won't hear has been fascinating to watch. Where are we at in this amazing story? So basically this week, Lula won a landmark, a UN human rights appeal. So basically, there's been a pano at the UN and they said that the car wash operation in Brazil, which in fact imprisoned Lula, and he couldn't be a candidate in the 2018 elections. Well, basically they're saying that this operation violated Lula's rights. And in a way, our very own Supreme Court already did that. That's why he's a candidate, or he will be a candidate for this year's presidential elections. And you know, of course, Lula would say that he thinks that you and decision is so cleansing. And Sergio Moro who was the judge of the operation is interesting to see because he tried to be a candidate for president in this year, but he didn't work out, he was not doing very well with the polls so he became quite a minor figure and I remember at the time he was considered a hero. The international hero he was on the cover of all our weekly magazines and newspapers. But Tom Berlin, if you ask him and say, will this be helpful to a point, but I don't think Bolsonaro supporters, they will see this, oh, the UN said the Lili's innocence. So, you know, maybe I'll vote for him. I think it's so polarized right now, the Bolsonaro supporters, those 30% who remain of Bolsonaro, no matter what. I can't even imagine what Bolsonaro needs to do to stop voting for hand in a way. Which is a slightly along. It is. And what about Luna very quickly? What's his prospects? His chances. I mean, he's still very much the favorite. He's a polling consistently at 41%, but Bolsonaro is catching up a little bit. He's like with 30%. I still think Lula remains absolutely the favorite. But we should never underestimate Bolsonaro. We certainly should. No, at least, let's go back to you. I want to ask you a little bit about this story. Really intriguing from Guyana about oil reserves, more being discovered this week. I think it's Exxon's made some discoveries. Tell us how significant this is because obviously there's a very different appetite to talk about and consider oil reserve particularly at the moment with various other pressures, but it's kind of interesting in terms of what it tells us about Guyana more broadly. Yeah, I mean, I think one thing that very few people know first, I mean, with this discovery, it really puts Guyana on the map because very few people actually know that an English speaking country is part of South America to start off with. And Guyana is also a very diverse society, albeit a very small one, the country has a population of roughly 800,000 people that are a mix of Indian Chinese European and Creole descendants and that the Hindu community is particularly prevalent, one of their signature dishes is curry. And I think this discovery obviously they're going to have to think how they share the spoils. This has been one of the really big arguments really with these massive discoveries with such a small population. How do you get these massive offshore reserves and the royalties from that to benefit its people? Because it still remains one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Yeah, and there's lots of things about Ghana that people don't know that perhaps they should. I know in terms of its other features, not just its population, but its geography. It's a good reminder, isn't it, listen to that we should sort of look again at some of these geographies that sometimes we overlook. Yeah, I mean, it is home to one of the world's if you're brave enough, one of the world's widest and longest single drop waterfalls for anyone, as I say, brave enough to launch themselves off. And in part, because Andrew are presenter and sports fan is absent today also Guyana has a string of very noteworthy cricketers..