Senator Simone Tebet announced as future presidential candidate

Tebet pledged to bring an end to polarization through dialogue

Published in 25/05/2022 - 15:52 By Agência Brasil - Brasília

Senator Simone Tebet, announced as the future presidential candidate of parties MDB and Cidadania, said at a press conference in Brasília on Wednesday (May 25) that she will put an end to the current polarization in Brazil’s political arena. “My biggest mission is to make peace among the people, to talk to the people, and solve the problem of all the people. That’s what I’m ready to do—to stand beside these public men coming from other parties saying there’s a solution to Brazil. I believe there really is,” she said.

The MDB and Cidadania parties on Tuesday evening (May 24) confirmed the senator as the appointed name to run for presidency. In a statement, the chair of Cidadania’s National Executive Committee, Roberto Freire, said the move represents the party’s attempt to maintain democracy “in its fullness” and ensure the free exercise of institutions.

“With [the appointment of] Simone Tebet, the MDB, the PSDB and Cidadania take a concrete step toward maintaining democracy with a common program: to design the Brazil of the 21st century. It’s a connection with the new digital world, the new social and labor relations and the challenges they bring along with them. Liberals, environmentalists of the new left, and of all those who have freedom and democracy as universal values are expected to join us,” the note from Cidadania reads.

A lawyer and a senator, Simone Tebet is 52 years old. She was born in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul state, and became a state representative in 2002. In 2004, she was elected mayor of her hometown. In 2008, she was reelected to the same position. In 2011, Tebet was elected vice-governor of Mato Grosso do Sul. In 2014, she was elected to the Senate for an eight-year term.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Bruna Saniele

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