Lula da Silva wins Brazilian election narrowly beating Jair Bolsonaro


Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has won the Brazilian election, narrowly beating Jair Bolsonaro, official figures show.

It has been Brazil’s most polarised election in recent memory, pitting far-right incumbent President Bolsonaro against leftist former leader Lula da Silva.

On his victory, Mr da Silva tweeted simply the word: “Democracy.”

Colombian president Gustavo Petro wrote: “Viva Lula” while Argentina’s leader Alberto Fernandez said the victory ushered in a new era “for the history of Latin America”.

He added: “A time of hope and future begins today.”

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

The election, in the world’s fourth-largest democracy, served as a referendum on two starkly different – and vehemently opposed – visions for Brazil’s future.

Mr Bolsonaro vowed to consolidate a sharp rightward turn in Brazilian politics after a presidency that witnessed one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks of COVID-19 and widespread deforestation in the Amazon basin.

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Jair Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro

Mr da Silva promised more social and environmental responsibility, evoking the rising prosperity of his 2003-2010 presidency, before corruption scandals tarnished his Workers’ Party.

More than 120 million Brazilians were expected to cast ballots, with the vote conducted electronically.


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