Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wins the Brazilian election to become president for the third time

Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva greets supporters as he leaves Escola Estadual Firmino Correia De Araújo after casting his vote on October 30, 2022 in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Rodrigo Paiva/Getty Images

Brazil's voters chose to keep leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as president after far-right Jair Bolsonaro's rough and controversial time in office.

CNN says that the race was very close, with da Silva, also known as "Lula," getting 50.83 percent of the votes and Bolsonaro getting 49.17 percent.

CNN said that on October 2, neither candidate got a majority of the votes, so there was a run-off election on Sunday.

The Washington Post says that during the rough campaign season, Bolsonaro said that Lula was a communist and a satanist, while Lula said that Bolsonaro was a cannibal.

The New York Times says that Lula's win is his third as president of Brazil, even though he spent more than a year in jail for corruption and money laundering. He said that the accusations were false and compared himself to Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Bolsonaro, who has been called the "Trump of the Tropics," will be remembered for being homophobic, sexist, and not caring about the environment. During his time as president, Bolsonaro supported cutting down trees and setting them on fire in the Amazon. His government also cut money for an organization that enforces environmental laws in the largest rainforest in the world.

During his campaign, Lula said he would stop illegal logging and rebuild the government agency in charge of protecting the environment.

Latin American voters are increasingly choosing leaders who lean to the left, like Lula.

Thomas Traumann, a political analyst, told The Hill that the election in Brazil is similar to the 2020 election in the United States, in which President Joe Biden's win and former President Donald Trump's loss widened the political divide.

Traumann said, "Lula's biggest challenge will be to bring peace to the country." "People don't just disagree about politics; they also have different values, identities, and points of view. Also, they don't care about the values, identities, or opinions of the other side."

Publish : 2022-10-31 09:06:00

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