BRASILIA – Conservative politician Levi Fidelix, a presidential hopeful in next October’s elections, projects himself as the only candidate that isn’t corrupt and says that if the country wants a decent candidate, he’s the only one running.
“If Brazil wants someone really clean” heading the government, “I win by a knockout, I win 10 to one,” this center-right politician told EFE in an interview.
He has run twice before but never got close to winning, with 0.06 percent of the vote in 2010 and 0.43 percent in 2014, but Fidelix is convinced that in the upcoming election, the first since Operation Lava Jato exposed the corruption reigning in all spheres of power, the situation will be totally different.
One by one, Fidelix has named the other nominees for the presidency and said none is free of suspected acts of corruption.
Leading in the polls up to now are former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who could be stopped from running by a 12-year sentence and another six criminal cases still on trial, and lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro, a former right-wing soldier under investigation on racist and homophobic grounds.
Besides being “clean” before the justice system, Fidelix said he is convinced that Brazil is a “country of the center”“ that resists “fundamentalisms” of the left and right that, in his opinion, are represented by candidacies like Lula and Bolsonaro.
His platform is, however, controversial. In the economic sphere, he calls himself “Keynesian” and maintains that Brazil must scuttle the “monetarist” theories of recent decades and undertake a far-reaching tax and finance reform, which distributes taxes more equitably and reduces “the power held by the banks.”
In the area of security, crucial in a country that, according to Fidelix, “bears the shame of seeing between 50,000 and 70,000 people murdered every year,” he is all for greater border security and a direct war on crime with a stronger police force.
At the same time he supports making the rules more flexible for bearing arms, so that each citizen exercises “self-defense,” which he considers a “disuasive power, because the thief won’t attack someone who is armed.”
Speaking of criminals, he also proposes establishing agricultural penal colonies so that the inmates “work” instead of spending all day “loafing” in prisons, and would also build prisons on “islands” in order to “isolate the most dangerous criminals from society.”