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Brazil elections: Brazil votes in disputed presidential election, Lula leads Jair Bolsonaro

After a long and intense campaign, Brazilians voted for a new president on Sunday. According to polls, incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro lagged behind Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva by more than ten percent.

The campaign was accompanied by occasional violence, including the assassination of three members of the Workers’ Party and one supporter of Bolsonaro, both of whom had leftist views.

According to the polls, Lula is in the lead, followed by Bolsonaro. Left-wing Ciro Gomez and centrist Simona Tebet, currently in third and fourth place, each have only about 10 percent of the vote.

Many Brazilians vote for the candidate they hate the most. Lula, who served as president from 2003 to 2010 and left office with a job approval rating of over 80%, has a bounce rate of roughly 40%.

Conservative voters consider him unsuitable for the presidency due to his involvement in the Lava Jato corruption scandal. The former union organizer spent nearly two years in prison for corruption before the Supreme Court overturned his conviction.

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Bolsonaro is also despised and has a failure rate of over 50 percent. Many Brazilians took offense at his sometimes authoritarian tone and misogynistic words.

His government has also been embroiled in several controversies, especially over how it handled the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed the lives of more than 700,000 Brazilians.

In addition, by refusing to say whether he would accept the results of the election unconditionally or not, the president alarmed voters.

Frequently asked Questions:

  1. Who is the main contender in the presidential elections in Brazil?
    Luis Inacio Lula da Silva Jair Bolsonaro Ciro Gomez Simone Tebet
  2. What happens if there is no majority?
    A second round of elections will take place at the end of October if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the valid votes, excluding clean and tainted votes.

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