The former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva won this Sunday the second round of the presidential elections in Brazil with 50.84% of the votes, compared to 49.16% obtained by the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, with 99.10% of the polls counted.
The leader of the Workers’ Party (PT), who already governed between 2003 and 2010, will again occupy the Presidency of an extremely divided Brazil from January 1, 2023 and for the following 4 years. Lula obtained 59.7 million votes, while Bolsonaro, leader of the Brazilian extreme right and retired Army captain, kept 57.7 millionwith 99.10% of the census counted, according to data from the Superior Electoral Court (TSE).
The Voting was tighter than expected in pre-election polls, a reflection of the high polarization that Brazil is experiencing and that has even led to episodes of political violence during the campaign. As happened in the first round, the main demographic companies were unable to determine the strength of Bolsonarism.
Both candidates have waited until the last minute on saturday to end his election campaign. Lula, who ruled the country from 2003 to 2010, ended his campaign in São Paulo, along with former Uruguayan President José Mújica. While Bolsonaro, who is fighting to stay in office for four more years, took advantage of the motorcycle trip to Belo Horizonte to divulge at night a list with 22 “commitments”.
Also, the division between the citizens has increased after the last televised debate between both candidates for the presidency. More than an exchange of ideas between Lula and Bolsonaro, what there was was a brawl. “They prioritized the exchange of accusations and abandoned the proposals,” said the newspaper ‘Folha’.
Both accused each other, among other things, of lying. “The yellow color is that of hope in Brazil and not the red that is communism,” said the current president. “This insane behavior is what has governed Brazil for almost four years,” Lula replied.