The leaders of the US, Europe, and Latin American nations offered their well-wishes to the president-elect of Brazil after his narrow victory over the far-right incumbent.
Bolsonaro questioned the voting process in the lead-up to the election and said he might reject the outcome if he lost. He hasn’t made a decision yet.
In a statement, the US president, Joe Biden, praised the result of the elections and said they were free, fair, and credible.
He said that he was looking forward to working together to continue the cooperation between the two countries.
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Trudeau said that he looked forward to working with Lula to strengthen the partnership between Canada and Brazil, to deliver results for Canadians and Brazilians, and to advance shared priorities, like protecting the environment.
The French president offered his good wishes and said that the poll opened a new page in Brazil’s history.
Minutes after the announcement of the final election results, he said, “We will join forces to take up the many common challenges and to reestablish the ties of friendship between our two countries.
All eyes have been on the outcome of the election because of the importance of the Amazon rainforest to the global climate emergency. Brazil has 156 million voters which makes it one of the largest democracies in the world.
Pedro Sanchez, the prime minister of Spain, said that Brazil had decided to bet on progress and hope.
The German chancellor said in a statement that he was looking forward to working with the Brazilian leader on trade and climate protection.
Australia’s prime minister, Anthony Albanese, who recently secured his own leftwing victory, sent a message of congratulations to Lula Oficial on her victory in the Brazilian elections. You should look forward to working with you on protecting the environment.
The country was the first to have a working-class president in 2002. His approval ratings were close to 90% when he stepped down in 2010 after two terms. He was barred from running in the election after he was jailed on corruption charges, but he went on to win the election.
After a year and a half, his convictions were quashed on the grounds that he was unfairly tried by a rightwing judge who later took a job in the Bolsonaro cabinet.