Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a former leftist president of Brazil, defeated far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in one of the most crucial and brutal elections in the nation’s history to complete an astounding political comeback.
Silva, a former factory worker who was elected president of Brazil precisely 20 years ago, received 50.9% of the vote with 99.97% of the ballots counted. Bolsonaro, a fiery candidate who won in 2018, garnered 49.10% of the vote.
Speaking to reporters at a hotel in So Paulo, Lula promised to bring his nation back together after a destructive power struggle that severely damaged one of the biggest democracies in the world.
The 77-year-old, who was excluded from the 2018 race in which Bolsonaro claimed victory after serving time in prison on corruption allegations that were eventually thrown out, declared that “we are going to live new days of peace, love, and hope.”
“I will rule for all 215 million Brazilians, not only those who supported me in the election. There is only one Brazil. To cheers, he declared, “We are one nation, one people—a wonderful nation. Living in a country that is divided and at war all the time is not in anyone’s best interests.
An exuberant crowd of Lula supporters gathered on Paulista Avenue, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, a few streets away, to celebrate his victory and the overthrow of a radical right-wing leader whose administration resulted in an environmental tragedy and saw nearly 700,000 Brazilians pass away from Covid.
“Our wish has come true. Joe Kallif, a 62-year-old social activist who was among the jubilant crowd, beamingly declared, “We need to be free. “Brazil was in a really dangerous situation, and now we have our independence back. The previous four years have been awful.
A student named Gabrielly Soares, 19, leaped with joy as she celebrated the impending election of a politician whose social policies enabled her to pursue a university study.
“I feel so joyful… She stated, a rainbow flag draping over her shoulders, “During the four years of Bolsonaro I witnessed my family fall backwards and under Lula they flourished.
Hugs and beer cans were exchanged among jubilant and weeping fans of Lula, who received more over 59 million votes against Bolsonaro’s 57 million.
“This indicates that we will have a leader who is concerned about the underprivileged. Currently, we have someone who doesn’t care about us, the LGBT community, or the majority, Soares added. Bolsonaro is an evil person, He exhibits absolutely no sympathy or support for others. He is unable to serve as president any longer.
Along with the regional celebration, socialist friends tweeted their congratulations. Gustavo Petro, the president of Colombia, yelled, “Viva Lula.”
Alberto Fernández, the president of Argentina, hailed “a new era in Latin American history.” He declared, “An era of hope and of a future that begins right now.”
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico, celebrated what he described as a triumph for “equality and humanism.”
Lula was elected “after free, fair, and legitimate elections,” according to a statement by Joe Biden.
The US president stated, “I look forward to working with you to extend the partnership between our two countries in the months and years ahead.
According to Justin Trudeau, the Brazilian people have spoken. I’m excited to collaborate with @LulaOficial to deepen our nations’ relationship, achieve results for Canadians and Brazilians, and advance common goals like environmental protection. Lula, congratulations!
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the former president of Brazil who presided before Lula’s momentous victory 20 years ago, tweeted: “Democracy has won, Brazil has won!”
While Pedro Sánchez, president of Spain, described Lula’s victory as a step toward “development and hope,” French President Emmanuel Macron stated that Lula’s win “kick begins a new chapter in Brazil’s history.”
The swiftness of the response from other countries mirrored widespread concerns that Bolsonaro, a former army captain who has spent years criticizing Brazil’s democratic institutions, might not concede defeat. He made it clear in the run-up to the election that he would challenge any outcome he deemed “weird.” He has not yet given in to his opponent.
As the news sunk in, there was disappointment and rage outside Bolsonaro’s home in west Rio. The 36-year-old beautician Monique Almeido declared, “I’m upset.” I have no idea what to say.
Electrician Joao Reis, 50, expressed his conviction that the vote had been tampered with.
They changed the count, so it is without a doubt fraud. He commanded the military to step in.
How about if they didn’t? To prevent handing power to the communists, the populace must come to the streets and demand military intervention.
At Lula’s celebrations, the atmosphere was significantly different as the venerable socialist swore to fight against environmental degradation, which has increased under Bolsonaro, as well as hunger and racism. We’ll strive to prevent any further deforestation in the Amazon. The Amazon must remain intact for Brazil and the planet.
He declared, “We’re going to resume monitoring and surveillance of the Amazon and stop any unlawful activity. “We are prepared to defend the environment from any threat, but we are not interested in a fight over the environment.”
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