Brazil election 2022: World leaders react warmly to Lula presidential win

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Leftist Luis Inacio Lula da Silva on Sunday defeated President Jair Bolsonaro in an election runoff that marked a stunning comeback for Lula and the end of Brazil’s most right-wing government in decades. Read about the day’s events as they unfolded on our liveblog. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

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  • Brazil’s election authority called the race for former leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva shortly before midnight Paris time, saying the result was “mathematically defined”. The final tally gave former president Lula 50.9 percent of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 49.1 percent, with a gap of more than 2 million votes between them.

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

  • For several months, polls have predicted a third term for Lula, but the gap narrowed in recent weeks.

  • The campaign ahead of Sunday’s vote was marked by bruising debates, with the two candidates accusing each other of lying and offering starkly different visions for the future of Latin America’s largest democracy.

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