The former president is confident in his victory, as Bolsonaro acknowledges there is “will to change”, although he warns that “it could be worse”
The victory of Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva in the first round of the presidential elections in Brazil has provoked the reaction of the main leaders of the Latin American left, who have congratulated the former president, despite the fact that he has to face the current president in the second round, Jair Bolsonaro.
“Congratulations, brother and companion Lula. The people of Brazil have once again shown their democratic vocation and in particular their inclination towards equality and justice,” writes the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on his social networks.
Argentina’s president, Alberto Fernández, has expressed himself in similar terms. “I congratulate my dear Lula on his first-round victory and I express my sincere respect to the people of Brazil for their deep democratic expression,” the president said. Fernández campaigned for his release before and after the election and visited him in prison.
For his part, Gustavo Petro, President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, has published a short message on social networks. “I congratulate Lula on his first round victory. I congratulate the Brazilian people on their huge participation in the elections”, which is almost 80%.
Luis Arce, leader of Bolivia and dolphin of former President Evo Morales, one of the main referents of the Latin American left, has published a congratulatory message along with an image of him with Lula. “We congratulate Brother Lula, who won the first round of the elections in Brazil, and salute the Brazilian people who have shown that democracy is the only way to build fair, inclusive societies with social peace.”
Morales himself has also spoken. “We salute Brother Lula’s victory in Brazil’s presidential election and congratulate the Brazilian people for their peaceful participation in a democratic party. We trust Brazil will return to the path of tolerance with an agenda in favor of the poorest,” he posted on his social networks.
Both Lula and Bolsonaro appeared after the first results were published, when it had already been confirmed that both will contest the second round on October 30. The Workers’ Party leader smiled and even joked. “I had considered going on a honeymoon, but that will have to wait. Unfortunately for some, I still have 30 days to campaign. I like to go out on the street, get on the trucks, talk to people…», he declared. The former president was confident in his victory. “We are going to win, this is just an extension,” he proclaimed, cheered by thousands of supporters, on Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo.
Bolsonaro, for his part, confirmed that he has “total confidence” in the next meeting with the polls. “I understand that there is a desire for change in the population, but there are certain changes that could be worse,” he said, according to the O Globo newspaper.
Throughout the campaign, the current president has expressed doubts about the electronic vote counting system, a system that has been in place in Brazil for more than two decades and has raised fears of a possible violent outbreak through his bases in the event that Lula more than half the vote, as some polls predicted, would have earned him the presidency.
In the end it wasn’t like that. Bolsonaro has emphasized that he has overcome the “lies” of the research institutes, citing the publications of Datafolha’s business surveys. “Now is the confidence” in the second round, he assured.
Source: La Verdad
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