- Brazil elected Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as president following Jair Bolsonaro’s rocky presidency.
- Lula’s victory marks his third win as president, regardless of serving time in jail for corruption, per NYT.
- Bolsonaro, dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics,” leaves behind a legacy of homophobia and sexism.
Voters in Brazil re-elected leftist candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as president, following a rocky and controversial presidency from far-right Jair Bolsonaro.
In a remarkably shut race, da Silva, often known as”Lula,” acquired 50.83% of the votes, in comparison with Bolsonaro’s 49.17%, in response to CNN.
Throughout an October 2 election, neither candidate acquired a majority of votes, prompting the run-off election on Sunday, CNN defined.
All through the turbulent marketing campaign season, Bolsonaro argued that Lula was a communist and a satanist, whereas Lula argued that his opponent was a cannibal, in response to The Washington Submit.
Lula’s victory marks his third win as president of Brazil, even after having spent over a 12 months in jail for corruption and cash laundering fees, in response to The New York Instances. He’d claimed the costs had been false and likened himself to changemakers similar to Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Bolsonaro, dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics,” will go away behind a legacy of homophobia, sexism, and an absence of environmental stewardship. Throughout his presidency, Bolsonaro inspired clear-cutting and burning within the Amazon. His administration additionally lower funding for an company that enforces environmental legal guidelines on this planet’s largest rainforest.
All through his marketing campaign, Lula promised to crack down on unlawful deforestation and rebuild the nation’s environmental safety company.
Lula’s election follows a development in Latin America of voters electing left-leaning leaders.
Thomas Traumann, a political analyst, instructed The Hill that the election in Brazil is just like America’s 2020 election, wherein President Joe Biden’s victory and former President Donald Trump’s loss exacerbated a political divide.
“The massive problem that Lula has shall be to pacify the nation,” Traumann stated. “Persons are not solely polarized on political issues, but additionally have completely different values, id, and opinions. What’s extra, they do not care what the opposite aspect’s values, identities, and opinions are.”
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