Brazil Election Results: Lula da Silva will face Bolsonaro in the run-off on Oct. 30.

Brazil Election Results: Lula da Silva will face Bolsonaro in the run-off on Oct. 30.
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Islam News – Brazilians cast votes yesterday in the country’s most consequential election in decades. Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva failed to secure the simple majority needed for victory in the first round and will face current President Jair Bolsonaro in the run-off on Oct. 30.

Lula has got 57,173,187 votes, 48.4% while Bolsonaro has got
51,051,226 votes, 43.2%.

The results are based on a total of 118,117,989 valid votes.
With 99.89% of vote sections accounted for.

The President is elected based on majority vote through a two-turn system.

Brazilians are also voting to elect all 513 lower house representatives and 27 senators, a third of the 81 members that comprise the upper chamber. The nation’s congress is notoriously fragmented, with dozens of political parties represented. The balance of power between groups, which includes conservatives, leftists and an all powerful establishment known as centrao — will be key to determining the political strength of the elected president and the fate of their economic agenda.

Chamber of Deputies
The 513 seats in the lower house are elected proportionally within federative units

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was Brazil’s president from 2003 to 2010. The left-wing former union leader, 76, rode a commodities boom and left office as one of the country’s most popular politicians ever, but saw his star fade as the economy collapsed under his successor’s watch and he was jailed amid a massive corruption probe. His convictions were later tossed out on procedural grounds, allowing him to return to politics.

Jair Bolsonaro, 67, was elected in a landslide in 2018, surfing an anti-corruption wave and promising to put an end to “old politics.” His administration managed to approve a long-delayed reform of Brazil’s burdensome pension system, though the president is likely best-known abroad for bashing developed countries for criticism on his environmental policies and openly opposing measures to control the Covid-19 pandemic.

While there were many contenders for the presidency, it’s been a two-man race from the start. Other candidates failed to attract voter support, with several dropping early on – including Sergio Moro, the judge ahead of the investigation that put Lula in jail turned Bolsonaro justice minister and later foe, and ex-Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria. Ciro Gomes and Simone Tebet, who poll third and fourth, respectively, have little more than 10% of voter intentions combined.

Lula da Silva, a former leftist president once imprisoned amid a corruption scandal, is seeking to oust Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right populist president who has questioned the election’s integrity and has long trailed in the polls. (It’s basically a two-man race, although nine other people are on the ballot.)

The next president will face an economic crisis, surging Amazon deforestation and lingering questions over the health of one of the world’s biggest democracies. An alarming question now hangs over the vote: Will Bolsonaro accept the results?

Bolsonaro has been casting doubt on the security of Brazil’s electronic voting system for months. On the eve of the election, his party did so again. He has, in effect, said that the only way he would lose is if the election were stolen from him.

The future of the Amazon rainforest may be at stake. Deforestation of the world’s largest rainforest has hit 15-year highs under Bolsonaro, who has weakened environmental protections and wants the rainforest opened up to mining, ranching and agriculture.

Source: BloombergThe New York Times

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