This Sunday, October 30, former President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva outvoted President Jair Bolsonaro, less than two hours after the closing of the polls, concluding the second round of presidential elections in Brazil.
With 98.86% of total votes counted, the official website of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal declared Lula the winner with 50.83%, represented in 59,563,912 votes, while Bolsonaro got 49.17%, represented in 57,627,462 votes, making a difference of more than 2 million votes.
The Brazilian electoral authority website indicates that with these values the choice is already defined mathematically in favor of Lula.
BREAKING: Lula Da Silva has been elected as President of Brazil. pic.twitter.com/z7agdjQKNR
— Kawsachun News (@KawsachunNews) October 30, 2022
With these results, Lula becomes the first Brazilian to enter the Planalto Palace for a third term, and Bolsonaro the first president not to be re-elected for a second term, according to RT.
Likewise, it points out that the narrow margin—the narrowest since the redemocratization of the country—reflects a completely divided country, and it can also be attributed to the suppression launched against voters on election day to discourage voting in areas known to be supportive of Lula.
The polls closed at 5:00 p.m., Brasília time, after a day in which more than 156 million Brazilians were eligible to vote. With a total of 124.25 million votes counted by the electoral authority, it represents an approximate turnout of 79.6%.
The day was marked by complaints of roadblocks by the police in the northeast of the country, in Lula’s electoral fiefdom, to prevent or delay voters’ access to polling stations.
Globo announces that the Federal Highway Police have just announced they are suspending all 514 roadblocks in the Northeast that were blocking people from coming in from rural areas to vote, after its director just met with the Superior Electoral Court. Press conference shortly.
— BrianMier (@BrianMteleSUR) October 30, 2022
This was denounced by deputy Paulo Teixeira of the Workers’ Party (PT).
According to Teixeira, law enforcement agencies controlled by the government tried to, “create artificial political incidents for the benefit of the candidacy for re-election [Jair Bolsonaro],” and work towards the detriment of Lula da Silva.
Lula’s first message after his victory: “Democracy”
“Democracy,” was the first tweet that the elected president of Brazil published on his Twitter account after his victory was announced. He accompanied the tweet with a photo on the Brazilian flag with his hand over it.
— Lula 13 (@LulaOficial) October 30, 2022
Hundreds of Lula’s supporters (as well as Lula himself) are celebrating on Paulista Avenue in São Paolo, and they are awaiting his first speech as winner of the contested presidential race.
(Últimas Noticias) by Aurig Hernandez, with Orinoco Tribune content
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