[WSMDiscuss] Good News from Brazil: Lula Defeats Bolsonaro

Sukla Sen sukla.sen at gmail.com
Mon Oct 31 03:06:08 CET 2022

One good news in the midst of overall gloom.
A Bolsonaro victory, apart from other things, would have posed a serious
threat to the residual Amazon forests and thereby  our chances to avoid a
global climate catastrophe.

There are reports of some tampering with the voting process by the
Bolsonaro administration.
The margin of defeat is quite narrow -- considerably narrower than
One only hopes that the transfer of power would take place without any
major hiccup.

<<Far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro is defeated by left-wing ex-President
Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva in the deciding round of Brazil’s presidential

Lula won 50.8% of all valid votes to nearly 49.2% for Bolsonaro

Lula, president from 2003 to 2010, sought a political comeback after being
embroiled in several corruption scandals

Bolsonaro's critics accused him of mishandling the Covid pandemic and
allowing rampant deforestation in the Amazon

The two candidates are polar opposites; Lula is a left-wing former trade
union leader and Bolsonaro is a right-wing populist and former army captain

Political tensions were high in the run-up to the vote, with accusations
and misinformation on both sides of the campaign trail>>

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