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In Brazil, a tightly-contested runoff election resulted in former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva being declared the winner, edging out incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro. Da Silva, who is known as Lula, was imprisoned on charges of corruption and money laundering in 2018 but was later freed - after a judge ruled the court that tried him didn’t have jurisdiction. Bolsonaro has been accused of enacting policies that led to increased deforestation of the Amazon.
Reporting from the Left: With Bolsonaro tamed in defeat, Brazil steps back from brink (POLITICO)
Reporting from the Right: Brazil Court Shuts Down Pro-Bolsonaro Whatsapp, Telegram Chats to Contain Protests (Breitbart)
From The Flag: Lula is considered left-leaning and was part of Latin America’s so-called “pink tide,” or political turn left, when first elected in 2003. Bolsonaro has agreed to the transition of power but did not concede defeat, after his supporters blocked roadways in protest last week. Here’s more from both sides.
Close Election Raises Questions, But Democracy Prevails in Brazil
- A tribunal made up of judges holds significant influence over Brazil’s elections, which has led some to question their integrity.
- Despite intense fear-mongering from numerous media outlets, Bolsonaro has not refused to accept the outcome, in a boost to democracy.
- Brazil and much of the rest of Latin America, is flirting with economic, social and political disaster by embracing left-wing populism.
“Did Brazil Have a Fair Election?” Augusto Zimmermann, Epoch Times: “Brazil has a Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) where its electoral judges create rules, decide on disputes, and even supervise the finances of electoral campaigns. … Curiously, some of these top electoral judges campaigned openly and ferociously against one of the candidates—President Jair Bolsonaro. On February 19, for example, the then president of the electoral tribunal, Luis Roberto Barroso, spoke at the Texas University Law School on the rather peculiar topic of ‘Ditching a President.’ … Further, on August 1, 2021, millions of people took to the streets of major cities in Brazil to protest against the apparent lack of transparency in the electronic voting system. … an opinion poll carried out by DataPoder360, released on June 15, 2020, revealed that the vast majority of Brazilians consider the performance of the judiciary regular, bad or horrible. … (This) demonstrates declining confidence in the courts and increased cynicism about the realisation of the rule of law in the country.”
“Lula’s victory is a triumph for Brazilian democracy” Tim Black, Spiked: “In the end, it proved to be a narrow victory for Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva… But as slender as Lula’s winning margin has turned out to be, the election itself is a resounding triumph for Brazil’s democracy. In the run-up to both this weekend’s presidential run-off and the first round of the contest earlier this month, pundits and politicos across the West warned constantly that an insurrection could be imminent. … Predictably, they claimed that Bolsonaro would likely launch a version of Donald Trump’s ‘January 6’ – the chaotic Capitol riot that has since been mythologised as a failed insurrection. … Bolsonaro has effectively served as a proxy for everything that right-on centrists loathe about populism in their own countries. They conjure him up as the embodiment of all that they consider evil. He is a climate change-denying destroyer of the Amazon rainforest; a transphobic misogynist; and, perhaps worst of all, a proxy-Trump.”
One more opinion piece from the Right: What the election in Brazil can teach America Cal Thomas, Tribune Content Agency Opinion
Lola Looks to Overcome Partisan Divide and Enflamed Rhetoric
- After a narrow victory, Lula faces a difficult challenge: uniting the deeply divided Brazilian population.
- Lula’s political comeback is remarkable, and the partisan rhetoric he fought to defeat is reminiscent of Trump.
- Far-right authoritarian leaders have not yet been completely defeated, but this was a good start.
“Brazil bids farewell to its ‘Trump of the Tropics.’ Now the hard work begins” Arick Wierson, CNN Opinion: “It was a nail-biter of an election… Lula’s victory marked a sharp rebuke of Bolsonaro’s irreverent and often-times controversial governing style… like Trump, (Bolsonaro) was widely criticized for his handling of the coronavirus which resulted in nearly 700,000 deaths in the country, according to the World Health Organization. Moreover, Bolsonaro’s aggressive anti-LGBT agenda, decidedly anti-environmental policies and authoritarian tendencies made him something of a pariah in the international media. … fears that Bolsonaro might not accept the results or even stage a coup are quickly dissipating as even pro-Bolsonaro conservative media is accepting the results. That’s the good news. The bad news is that, now come January 1, when Lula is sworn in for his third term as President, he will have to find a way to govern a country that is deeply divided and highly mistrustful of the other side.”
“After Two Tense Days in Brazil, the Path Is Clearing for Lula’s Comeback” Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker: “Few political encores of modern times have been as epic as that of Brazil’s maximum politician, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who celebrated his seventy-seventh birthday last week. … In a manner that felt reminiscent of Joe Biden’s conciliatory words after beating Donald Trump, in 2020, Lula alluded to Brazil’s bitter divisions by saying… ‘There aren’t two Brazils. There’s just one.’ (His supporters in the room applauded, but everyone knew that it wasn’t true.) … He proclaimed that ‘authoritarianism and fascism’ in Brazil had been defeated, and that democracy had returned. … Just as Trump began referring to Democrats as ‘socialists’ during his time in office, Bolsonaro, his unabashed protégé, has routinely vilified Lula’s followers in the left-of-center Workers’ Party as ‘communists.’ … As Lula spoke in Monday’s predawn darkness, his supporters, their arms raised in the air, laughed and shouted, and many cried with emotion.”
One more opinion piece from the Left: What Bolsonaro’s Loss Reveals About the Limits of Populism Yascha Mounk, The Atlantic
Voters In "Arc of Deforestation" Backed Bolsonaro
In his first speech as President-elect, Lula vowed to protect the Amazon Rainforest. But voting results show Bolsonaro won in a majority of the 256 municipalities that make up the Arc of Deforestation, where 75% of the Amazon’s deforestation has occurred.
In eight of the 10 Brazilian municipalities that experienced the highest rate of deforestation last year, Bolsonaro won (Mongabay).
Meanwhile, polling organized by Pew Research in late September asked Brazilians to rank the top issues facing their country. The top three answers were illegal drugs (85%), crime (83%), and corruption (79%).
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On November 7, 2000, the presidential election resulted in a statistical tie between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George Bush. The results in Florida were unclear by the end of election night and resulted in a recount and a Supreme Court case, Bush v. Gore, which ended the dispute in favor of Bush a month later. Above is Bush (left) and Gore (right).
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