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Bolsonaro, Lula Vie for Votes by Pledging Longer Low-Income Aid

President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Lula
President Jair Bolsonaro and former President LulaPhotographers: Andre Borges, Maira Erlich/Bloomberg

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro and challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva both pledged to preserve 600 reais ($118) in monthly government aid to poor families while campaigning for election in October.

Front-runner Lula said during a Facebook live event on Saturday that he’s the only candidate committed to keeping the aid at that level. The law that increased the Auxilio Brasil social-program cash transfer to 600 reais from 400 reais only locks in the higher amount until year-end, Lula said.