In Brazilian Presidential Election, Leftist Former President Lula da Silva Wins First Round


By Samantha Pearson and Luciana Magalhaes
Presidential candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaking in São Paulo at the end of the general election day. RODRIGO PAIVA/GETTY IMAGES

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took the most votes in Sunday’s first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, but President Jair Bolsonaro’s better-than-expected performance means the two will face each other again in a runoff vote at the end of the month.

Mr. da Silva, a standard-bearer of the Latin American left who is widely popular among the poor despite having been jailed on a corruption conviction in 2018, clinched 48.2% of the vote. The tally was just shy of the majority he needed to win outright, with 99.1% of votes counted Sunday night, according to Brazil’s electoral court.

Publish : 2022-10-03 10:06:00

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