2022 Brazilian Elections

Results coming from elections have led to a runoff because of contrasting views.


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by Athena Freire, Staff Writer

As the results of the Brazilian elections splash across the news, the severe polarization of politics are difficult to ignore.

The newly elected Brazilian president, Luiz Lula da Silva , a liberal, and his incumbent opponent, Jair Bolsonaro, a conservative, have very different administrative approaches to Brazil’s future. And now, after Lula’s decisive win, many Brazilians are worried about the new administration’s plans for the nation. Afraid of Brazil becoming like its neighbor, Venezuela, many Brazilians are preparing for the worst. 

To add to the citizens’ worries, Bolsonaro has publicly stated he will not recognize Lula’s official win.

Lula is the former president of Brazil and is credited with the founding of a social welfare program. He was the projected frontrunner when the elections began.  

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On the other hand, despite Bolsonaro’s loss, his support is still strong.

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There is pressure added on Lula because of allies supporting Bolsonaro. Though he is credited with helping lift many out of poverty, he was also convicted of money laundering and went to prison for 19 months. 

Many are awaiting to see what happens when the new president is inducted on January 1st, 2023.