LBrazil’s former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been elected president of Brazil, the Electoral Commission confirmed on Sunday evening. He defeated incumbent far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in the runoff after the second round of Brazil’s presidential election.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won 50.84% of the vote, compared to 49.16% for the outgoing far-right president, with results from 99% of polling stations. It is the tightest margin between two presidential finalists since the return to democracy after the military dictatorship (1964-1985). The margin was narrower than predicted by pollsters who underestimated Jair Bolsonaro’s score before the first round.
The 77-year-old former metal worker, worthy of a Hollywood film, who experienced hunger in his native Pernambuco (northeast), will return to the top of the state on January 1. He tweeted the word “Democracia” (Democracy in French, Ed) in a message posted shortly before HB midnight on Sunday.
Lula enjoyed a record of success after his first two terms in office (2003-2010), but then fell from grace, going to prison after corruption charges were overturned for systematic deficiencies.
After this narrow victory, Lula will have to deal with a clearly right-leaning parliament and form coalitions to govern. Jair Bolsonaro is the first president since the return to democracy in 1985 to run for a second term without being re-elected.
It will be the 77-year-old Lula’s third term as head of the largest Latin American country after the years 2003 to 2010.
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