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UPDATE - Brazil’s presidential elections set for second-round runoff

UPDATE - Brazil’s presidential elections set for second-round runoff
Presidential front-runners Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Jair Bolsonaro will compete in runoff on Oct. 30


By Bala Chambers

LONDON (AA) - Brazil’s top two presidential candidates will face off later this month in a runoff vote after neither of them garnered enough support to win outright.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro will compete against one another in a second round scheduled for Oct. 30.

According to the Supreme Electoral Court, 97.51% of the votes have been counted and the race will go to a second round.

Lula received 47.94% and Bolsonaro 43.62%.

After the news of a runoff was announced, Bolsonaro spoke to Brazilian media outlet Globo, acknowledging that the increased cost of food items and especially "the basic food basket" may have been reflected in the vote and appeared to suggest that some policy changes may lie on the horizon.

After the results came in, Lula promised to continue his campaign push.

"Tomorrow we will be on the streets to win the election. We don't rest," he wrote on Twitter, pledging his commitment "to work hard" as he and his colleagues travel throughout Brazil in search of boosting their campaign prospects.

"I have a birthday on the 27th, and the elections are on the 30th. This will be my gift. The next few days will be for us to improve more, talk to more people," he added.

Lula, who remains the favorite according to the polls, finished first, while Bolsonaro received around 10% more votes than during the first round of the previous election.​​​​​​​

Simone Tebet, the candidate of the Brazilian Democratic Movement, came in third with 4.21%, while Ciro Gomes, who was expected to be third in the polls, finished in fourth place with 3.05%.

As no candidate gained more than 50% of the vote, the second round of elections will determine Brazil's president for the 2023-2027 term.

A number of regional leaders also paid tribute to Lula on Twitter.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador congratulated Lula on Twitter, saying "the people of Brazil demonstrated once again their democratic vocation and, especially, their inclination for equality and justice."

Colombian President Gustavo Petro also offered support for Lula, saying: "I congratulate Lula for his victory in the first round. I congratulate the Brazilian people for their enormous electoral participation"

Argentine President Alberto Fernández wrote: "I congratulate my dear @LulaOficial for his victory in the first round and I extend my sincere respect to the people of Brazil for their deep democratic expression."

Brazil, a South American nation with a population of more than 215 million, has over 156 million registered voters, while more than 120 million votes were cast in the election.

During Brazil's elections, citizens voted to elect the president and vice president, the governors of the Federal District, which includes 26 states and the capital Brasilia, the entire 513-member House of Representatives and 27 members of the 81-member Senate.

source: News Feed
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