November 27, 2022

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Brazil: Lula and Bolsonaro to decide presidency in second round

Former President Luis Inacio Lula da SilvaWith 47.93 valid votes in this Sunday’s election BrazilA second round with the incumbent president to determine the presidency, Jair BolsonaroIt got 43.63% as per official data.

According to the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), after 97.45% are counted, no candidate will mathematically receive more than half of the votes, which should guarantee election without the need for a second round.

Jair Bolsonaro There was little difference in the polls compared Lula da SilvaAll polls predicted a victory for Lula with 50% to 51% of the vote and a 14-point (between 36% and 37%) advantage over the incumbent, less than four percentage points more than indicated.

The former president (2003-2010) was favored to win by a wide margin in all opinion polls, but he received no more than half of the votes expected to guarantee him an election this Sunday and suffered a heavy backlash in some. States like Sao Paulo. For his part, the former president won the largest electoral college in Brazil with 47.7% of valid votes, compared to 40.8% for the former president.

In the symbolic state of Rio de Janeiro, the third electoral college, Bolsonaro’s advantage was even higher, 50.9% compared to his rival’s 40.7%. Bolsonaro, who came second in the first round, is the first Brazilian president to run for re-election.

Lula and Bolsonaro will decide Brazil’s presidency in a runoff scheduled for October 30. Since Brazil’s restoration of democracy in 1985, only one president has been elected in the first round: Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

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Lula, leader of the Workers’ Party (PT), lost three elections (1989, 1994 and 1998) before being elected for the first time, but had to go to a second round in 2002 and when he was re-elected in 2006, his political goddaughter and successor Dilma Rousseff in 2010 and 2014. This also happened to

Bolsonaro has promised to quit politics if he loses the election

EBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said a few weeks ago that he would quit politics if he lost the October election.In whose race he is second to former president Lula da Silva, according to opinion polls.

“If it is God’s will, I will continue (as president). If not, I will cross the bandwagon and take it myself. Because at my age (67), nothing else can be done for me on earth. Through politics, on December 31 this year,” he said. said Monday night during an interview on podcasts aimed at young evangelicals.

The comments by Jair Bolsonaro, who declared a year ago that “only God” could remove him from power, are part of the far-right president’s more moderate rhetoric, an apparent attempt to appeal to centrist voters ahead of polarized elections. October 2nd.

(With information from Agencia EFE and AFP)