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Brazil: Superior Electoral Court announces Lula's presidential election victory01:38

Brazil: Superior Electoral Court announces Lula's presidential election victory

Brazil, Brasilia
October 31, 2022 at 05:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Superior Electoral Court in Brasilia announced that presidential challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had beaten incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, in a declaration on Sunday night.

"The victory of candidate Luis Inacio Lula da Silva with 50.9 percent against candidate and President Jair Bolsonaro with 49.1 percent, an approximate difference of 2 million and 100 thousand votes," said the court’s president Alexandre de Moraes.

The runoff was held after neither candidate achieved the requisite 50 percent in the first round on October 2.

"Despite the troubled times of intense disinformation and exacerbated polarisation, today's elections took place in a climate of security and tranquillity," claimed Rosa Weber, the president of the Federal Supreme Court.

The campaign was marred by violence and highly personal attacks on both sides.

Left-wing Lula promised to back social reforms and protect the Amazon from deforestation, while populist Bolsonaro’s 'God, Family, Country' campaign put the economy, crime and anti-corruption at the top of the agenda.

Lula previously served as the 35th president between 2003 and 2010. He was jailed for corruption in 2018, but had his conviction annulled last year, allowing him to run again.

The results of both round one and the run-off were much closer than the final opinion polls predicted, with Lula expected to beat Bolsonaro 52:48 on Sunday.

The 39th president is expected to be inaugurated on January 1.

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The Superior Electoral Court in Brasilia announced that presidential challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had beaten incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, in a declaration on Sunday night.

"The victory of candidate Luis Inacio Lula da Silva with 50.9 percent against candidate and President Jair Bolsonaro with 49.1 percent, an approximate difference of 2 million and 100 thousand votes," said the court’s president Alexandre de Moraes.

The runoff was held after neither candidate achieved the requisite 50 percent in the first round on October 2.

"Despite the troubled times of intense disinformation and exacerbated polarisation, today's elections took place in a climate of security and tranquillity," claimed Rosa Weber, the president of the Federal Supreme Court.

The campaign was marred by violence and highly personal attacks on both sides.

Left-wing Lula promised to back social reforms and protect the Amazon from deforestation, while populist Bolsonaro’s 'God, Family, Country' campaign put the economy, crime and anti-corruption at the top of the agenda.

Lula previously served as the 35th president between 2003 and 2010. He was jailed for corruption in 2018, but had his conviction annulled last year, allowing him to run again.

The results of both round one and the run-off were much closer than the final opinion polls predicted, with Lula expected to beat Bolsonaro 52:48 on Sunday.

The 39th president is expected to be inaugurated on January 1.