New Delhi: Lula da Silva of Brazil was elected president of Brazil on Sunday after beating incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in a contentious election that was closely contested between the two candidates, according to CNN.
In a hotly fought runoff election on Sunday, Lula da Silva, often known as “Lula,” received 50.83 percent of the vote with more than 98 percent of the ballots tallied, while Bolsonaro received 49.17 percent.
CNN reported on October 2 that no contender was able to meet the 5 percent threshold required to triumph in the first round. On Sunday, both Bolsonaro and Lula cast their ballots for the presidency. Bolsonaro did it at a public school in the Sao Paulo metropolitan region. early Sunday vote in Rio de Janeiro.
More than 156 million individuals were eligible to vote in this year’s elections, in particular.
The 76-year-old Lula concentrated his campaign on ousting Bolsonaro and touted his prior accomplishments all throughout it. According to the ANI news agency, his campaign promised a new tax structure that would for more public expenditure. According to the outlet, he has pledged to eradicate the nation’s hunger, which has resurfaced under the Bolsonaro administration.
Bolsonaro, 67, ran for reelection on the other hand via the conservative Liberal Party. To lower energy costs, he has advocated for expanding mining, privatising public corporations, and producing more sustainable energy sources. He has committed to continuing to pay the Auxilio Brasil benefit, which is a monthly payment of 600 Brazilian reals (approximately US$110).
Bolsonaro, who is backed by important religious figures, is a very divisive person. His government is known for encouraging the greedy use of Amazonian land, which has led to levels of deforestation that have never been seen before.
In 2017, Lula was also found guilty of corruption and laundering money as a result of the huge “Operation Lava Jato” investigation into the state-owned oil giant Petrobras. But in March 2021, a Supreme Court justice reversed Lula’s sentence after he had served less than two years in prison, allowing him to run for president for a record sixth time.
In the meanwhile, Bolsonaro has questioned the validity of the illegitimate voting process, raising concerns about his willingness to concede a loss. Lula is trying to get back to the top of Brazilian politics twenty years after being elected to the government for the first time.