Lula makes a surprise comeback after defeating far-right Bolsonaro in Brazil’s general election

Brazil’s ex-left president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has secured a surprising political comeback by defeating the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in one of the most important and heartbreaking elections in Brazilian history. Exactly 20 years ago, the former factory worker who became Brazil’s first working-class president won 50.9% of the vote. Bolsonaro, the brand of fire elected in 2018, received 49.10%. To reporters at a hotel in São Paulo, Lula vowed to reunify her country after a toxic power struggle that has greatly divided one of the world’s largest democracies, “to live in a new era of peace, love and hope,” the 2018 election said. The 77-year-old man, who was excluded from … and it’s not just for those who voted for me. Brazil is not two. We are one country, one people, a great country.” “It is in no one’s interest to live in a divided and constant state of war.” A few distances from Paulista Avenue, one of the city’s main arteries, ecstatic Lula supporters gathered to celebrate his victory and downfall. A radical right-wing president who witnessed the president’s environmental tragedy and nearly 700,000 Brazilians die of Covid. “Our dream is coming true. We must be free.” One of the triumphant powerhouses, 62-year-old social activist Joe Caliph, was delighted. “Brazil was a very dangerous place and now we are getting our freedom back. The last four years have been terrible.” Gabrielly Soares, a 19-year-old student, rejoiced as she celebrated the impending victory of a leader who helped her get a college education through social policy. During Bolsonaro’s years, I saw my family slide back and thrive under Lula.” She said, waving a rainbow flag over her shoulder. Lula’s ecstatic, weeping supporters, who won over 59 million votes on Bolsonaro’s 57m, hugged and threw beer cans. “This means we’re going to have someone with the power to look after the people at the bottom. Right now we have a majority, us, people who don’t care about LGBT people,” Soares said. “Bolsonaro. .. he’s a bad guy He shows no sign of sympathy or solidarity for others. There is no way he can continue his presidency.” Congratulatory events were also held in the region as left-wing allies tweeted congratulations. “Viva Lula” Colombian leader Gustavo Petro.Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández celebrated “a new era in Latin American history”. “The era of hope and the future begins right now. Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador celebrated the triumph of ‘equality and humanism’. Former Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement congratulating Lula’s election,” he said. . There will be free, fair and credible elections.” “We look forward to working together to continue cooperation between our two countries in the coming months and years.” Justin Trudeau said. “The people of Brazil said. We look forward to working with @LulaOficial to strengthen the partnership between our two countries, bring results to Canadians and Brazilians, and advance shared priorities such as protecting the environment. Congratulations, Lula!” Former Brazilian President Fernando Enrique Cardoso, who came to power before Lula’s historic election 20 years ago, tweeted: “Democracy has won, Brazil has won!” French President Emmanuel Macron said. Spanish President Pedro Sanchez said Lula’s victory was a move toward “progress and hope”. The pace of international reaction reflected widespread fears that former Army Captain Bolsonaro, who has been attacking Brazil’s democratic system, might refuse to accept defeat. Ahead of the election, he said he would challenge the results he considered “abnormal”. Outside of Bolsonaro’s home in western Rio, the news was filled with discouragement and anger. “I’m upset,” said 36-year-old hairdresser Monique Almeido. “I don’t know what to say.” João Reis, a 50-year-old electrician, said he was convinced the vote had been rigged. The military must intervene”, or not? “People should take to the streets to demand military intervention so that they do not hand over power to the communists.” At Lula’s celebration, the mood was very different when the veteran left vowed to wage a war on hunger, racism and a war on the environment. Destruction soaring beneath the Bolsonaro. “We will fight for zero deforestation in the Amazon… Brazil and the planet must keep the Amazon alive.” “We will resume monitoring and surveillance of Amazon and fight against illegal activity of all kinds,” he swore. “We are not interested in a war over the environment, but we are prepared to defend it from any threat.”
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