Throughout this week, President Lula spoke again with interlocutors about succession in the Attorney General’s Office. The scenario, however, is more nebulous than one might imagine.
Three names are highlighted as favorites for the vacancy that currently belongs, on an interim basis, to Deputy Attorney General Elizeta Ramos: Aurélio Virgílio Veiga Rios, Paulo Gonet and Luiz Augusto Santos Lima.
Rios won the favor of the PT member when he was introduced by the Minister of the Attorney General’s Office (AGU), Jorge Messias. The deputy attorney was an advisor to Sepulveda Pertence and has the support of the PT group.
Paulo Gonet is supported by STF minister Gilmar Mendes and other members of the Supreme Court. Lula’s fear of having an excessively independent PGR weighs against him. Lula himself already expressed this fear to Gonet in a conversation he had personally with the deputy prosecutor.
The third favorite is Luiz Augusto Santos Lima, nominated by former president José Sarney. Considered a man of simple origins, the deputy attorney is seen as an extremely loyal name to the former president of the Senate. Lula, however, has told interlocutors that he needs to get to know the deputy attorney appointed by Sarney better.
The fact is that the competition for the vacancy has never been so open. And Lula has never been so indecisive, as this website found out.