Bolsonaro and Lula in the run-off on October 30: right 43.3%, left 48.4% of the votes
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Bolsonaro and Lula in the run-off on October 30: right 43.3%, left 48.4% of the votes

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and current leader Jair Bolsonaro will go to the ballot: the left won 48.4% of the votes, while the right collected 43.3% of the votes.

Outgoing Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro will be in the ballot with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, candidate of the left, on October 30th.

The former president at the head of a broad leftist front took home 48.4% of the vote, while Bolsonaro’s right held 43.3%. The deadlift, albeit reduced, postpones the decisive moment to next October 30th, thus denying the statistics that Lula already wanted to win in the first round.

“I have never won an election in the first round – smiled the candidate on the left – the runoff is an opportunity to develop proposals. Of course, I would have preferred to win immediately and take a short trip with my wife, but I will have to wait until the end of the month” .

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Outgoing President Bolsonaro, on the other hand, said he wanted to use this second round to demonstrate the goodness of his policy in the face of the pandemic. The right-wing leader, who in recent days had stated that he did not want to recognize the outcome of the elections in case of defeat, said that until 30 October he will try to “unmask the lies of the research institutes” to prove the effectiveness of the its handling of the virus.

Not a word on the alleged fraud he had denounced a few weeks before the vote: according to Bolsonaro, in fact, the use of electronic systems would “certainly compromise” the outcome of the elections, decreeing the challenger’s victory. “A bit like what happened in 2018 – he added – when I should have won in the first round”.

the queues in front of the polling stations

Over 156 million voters are called to choose the new president. Long queues outside the polling stations with waits exceeding 4 hours. The polls were closed after the scheduled time.

Bolsonaro feverishly followed the counting of the ballots while Lula awaited the results from a school in Sao Paulo, where he voted accompanied by his wife and his vice president Geraldo Alckmin.

“The most fanatical Bolsonarists will in any case have to adapt to the majority of society – he said of the fears of post-vote coups -. Those who do not want peace and do not respect the law will have a big problem”.