Brazil’s left-leaning former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva won the presidency from right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in a tight poll on Sunday that signaled Brazil’s rejection of far-right values.
Da Silva garnered 50.9% of the second-round vote, beating Bolsonaro’s 49.1%, with more than 99% of the ballots counted in favor of the election officials.
Bolsonaro’s loss was the first time a sitting president has failed to win re-election in Brazil since 1985. The conservative leader has yet to concede and spread allegations of electronic voting machine fraud – without any proof – before the elections, like former US President Donald Atout.
The closely watched and highly polarized election season has been watched around the world as a litmus test for conservative politics. Brazil joins the list of Latin American countries – like Chile, Colombia and Argentina – suffering a wave of left-wing victories.
However, the election was also the closest vote in more than three decades, with just over 2 million votes separating the two candidates. The results illustrate a very divided nation with a struggling economy and runaway inflation.
Da Silva’s image has been marred by a corruption scandal that landed him in jail and sidelined him in the 2018 election won by Bolsonaro. The leftist leader previously served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010.
He managed to beat Bolsonaro in a stunning comeback as the incumbent’s popularity soured as he dismantled Amazon rainforest protections, reportedly botched the country’s COVID-19 response and left 33 million Brazilians hungry.
Da Silva will take over the presidency at an inauguration ceremony on January 1.
He will inherit a country whose economy is struggling and the people are extremely divided ideologically.
With post wires.