Luis Inacio Lula da Silva won the Brazilian elections, beating Jair Bolsonaro by a narrow margin.
Brazil’s most polarizing election in recent memory, defeating far-right incumbent president Bolsonaro against former left-wing leaders Lula da Silva.
To commemorate his victory, Da Silva tweeted a simple photo of his hands on the Brazilian flag and the word “democracy”.
For 77-year-old da Silva, who was jailed in 2018 over a corruption scandal and barred from elections that year, this was a surprising return to power, following the victory of then-Bolsonaro and four years of far-right politics. opened the way to
Da Silva’s conviction was reversed, but when he decided to run for president again, he faced an uphill battle and millions of Brazilians believed he was corrupt. I kept believing that
After his victory was announced, he said: “They tried to bury me alive and here I am!”
And in his first address to the nation as president-elect, he vowed that his most urgent commitment was to “end hunger” in Brazil.
His win is the first time a sitting president has failed to run for re-election since Brazil returned to democracy in 1985.
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Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court’s tally showed that the race was very close. When all voting machines were tallied, Da Silva won 50.9% of his vote, compared to Bolsonaro’s 49.1%.
The election, the fourth largest democracy in the world, served as a referendum on two very different and bitterly conflicting visions of Brazil’s future.
Bolsonaro has vowed to strengthen the sharp rightward shift in Brazil’s politics after taking office that witnessed an outbreak of the world’s deadliest virus. COVID-19 (new coronavirus infectious disease) Extensive deforestation in the Amazon Basin.
Da Silva called for greater prosperity during his presidency from 2003 to 2010 and promised more social and environmental responsibility before a corruption scandal hurt his workers’ party.
Voting was electronic, and more than 120 million Brazilians were expected to vote.
If Mr Bolsonaro loses, he could challenge the election results – just like the former US president donald trump.
For months, he claimed that the country’s electronic voting machines were prone to fraud, even though he provided no evidence.
As da Silva prepared to speak at his hotel in Sao Paulo on Sunday night, Bolsonaro had yet to confirm the election.
It was the closest poll in over 30 years. Just over two million votes trailed her two candidates, with 99.5% of the vote for him. The last close match in 2014 was decided by a margin of 3.46 million votes.
The new president, nicknamed Lula, is expected to take office on January 1, 2023.