Brazil election: ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wins vote but not outright victory

The Guardian

By Tom Phillips and Andrew Downie in São Paulo and Ana Ionova in Rio de Janeiro
Former President of Brazil and Candidate for the Worker's Party Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will face Jair Bolsonaro in the second round of voting in the presidential election Photograph: Rodrigo Paiva/Getty Images

Brazil’s acrimonious presidential race will go to a second round after the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva failed to secure the overall majority he needed to avoid a run-off with the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

With more than 99.5% of votes counted the leftist veteran had secured 48.3% of the vote, not enough to avoid the 30 October show down with his right-wing rival. Bolsonaro, who significantly out-performed pollsters’s predictions and will be buoyed by the result, received 43.3%.

Addressing the media at a hotel in downtown São Paulo, Lula, who was president from 2003 until 2010, struck a defiant tone, declaring: “The struggle continues until our final victory.”

Publish : 2022-10-03 10:03:00

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