Gleisi Hoffman, the newly elected president of the Worker's Party, PT, stated that the political party will not participate in indirect elections.
During an interview with Carta Capital, Hoffman questioned “If PT didn't participate in the electoral college in 1985 at the end of the dictatorship, why would they participate, now, amid a coup?”
When asked if PT were invited to participate in indirect elections, Hoffoman reiterated, “There's no way out of this political crises without summoning the people to decide their future.”
Hoffman emphasized that she supports the Rights Now movement. She also reiterated that she would denounce any measure aimed at barring Luis Inacio Lula da Silva from free elections and supports an ample reform of the Federal Constitution.
Hoffman, a senator from the Brazilian state of Parana, is the first woman in PT's 37-year history to be elected president of the political party.
While multiple corruption scandals continue to swirl around Brazilian President Michel Temer, he has remained adamant that he will not step down from office. However, if he is removed from office by Brazil's Supreme Court, Congress must approve an indirect election in 30 days to choose a presidential substitute that would end on Jan. 1, 2019.
In light of this undemocratic legal measure, Brazilians have taken to the streets to not only demand Temer's resignation but for immediate direct elections for voters to elect the next president.