Brazil has a new president. Or an old one, depending on how you look at it.
Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was once again elected for a four-year term. After spending 580 days in jail on corruption charges and having his chances of running for re-election in 2017 suspended, with charges later dismissed, Lula came back on top after an extremely violent election campaign that has divided Brazil.
The difference in votes between Lula and the runner-up, incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, was just over 2 million votes, with Lula winning by a huge margin in the northeast region and Bolsonaro winning by a large margin in the south, bringing to light Brazil’s old and deep-rooted regional prejudices.
Full article at Newsweek’s website. Date of publication: 10/11/2021.