Brazil heads to presidential run-off with former president Lula in lead over Bolsonaro
CA, 03 Oct 2022
Brazilians will have to cast their vote again on Oct. 30 for the presidential election, after Sunday's election ended with neither former president Luiz Inácio Lula Del Silva, often just known as Lula, or the incumbent Jair Bolsonaro received 50 per cent of the total votes cast.
Analysts and pollsters, as well as residents, were left surprised by the results as many polls showed Lula far ahead of Bolsonaro, with the potential of a first-round victory. The incumbent saw surprising strength leaving Lula with 48.4 per cent of the vote versus 43.3 per cent for Bolsonaro.
Lula said he's ready for a run-off vote.
"To the disgrace of some, I have 30 more days to campaign," he told supporters as the results still trickled in. "I love campaigning, I love going out on the street, I love rallying, I love getting on a truck, I love discussing with Brazilian society."
Bolsonaro warned voters, however, that "change could be worse" in Brazil.
"There is a feeling among people that their lives are economically worse off," he said, saying they would put emphasis on showing the economy was recovering. "You can change, for the best or for the worst."
Each candidate faces controversy, with Bolsonaro having faced criticism over his handling of COVID-19 — which killed nearly 700,000 Brazilians and corruption scandals that forced his ministers out of government. Lula, while he left his presidency with record popularity, he is disliked by many after being convicted for accepting bribes and jailed during the last election. His conviction was later overturned by the Supreme Court, allowing him to run this year.
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