Former President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has once again won the country’s presidential election, beating incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro by almost two million votes.
According to data provided by Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) roughly 60 million people (50.37%) cast their votes in favor of President Lula, while Bolsonaro received 57.9 million (49.13%) of the votes.
Addressing his supporters in Sao Paulo, shortly after 99.3% of the ballots were counted, the president-elect called for unity as he pledged to fight hunger and tough action against deforestation in the Amazon.
“My friends, As of 1 January 2023, I will govern for 215 million Brazilians, and not just for those who voted for me. There are not two Brazils. We are a single country, a single people, a great nation.
“We will find a way out so that this country can live democratically and harmoniously again. No one is interested in living in a divided country, in a permanent state of war,” Lula insisted.
The country’s voter turnout was reported to reach about 80% of the electorate with an estimated 32 million of registered voters failing to turn up at polling stations.