Bolsonaro remains silent after Brazil election defeat, supporters block highways

Truckers protested the defeat of outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro Monday by blocking national highways. Bolsonaro had yet to concede defeat Monday morning following a tight race, raising fears the far-right nationalist might contest the victory of his leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Read how the day’s events unfolded in the blog below. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

  • Brazil’s election authority called the race for former leftist leader and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Sunday. Lula won 50.9 percent of the vote to outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro’s 49.1 percent, with a margin of 2 million votes.

  • About 124 million Brazilians voted in the 2022 presidential election, or nearly 80 percent of the more than 156 million eligible.

  • As of Monday, Bolsonaro had yet to concede defeat.

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11:40pm: Brazil's Bolsonaro will not publicly address his election defeat until Tuesday

President Jair Bolsonaro will not publicly address his defeat in Brazil's presidential election until Tuesday, a minister said, amid doubts over whether the far-right nationalist will accept the victory of his leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Bolsonaro was holding off on making remarks so he could return to his residence Monday evening and prepare a speech, Communications Minister Fabio Faria told Reuters.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and Reuters)

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