Lula da Silva: ‘The second round will be the first opportunity to have a personal debate with Bolsonaro’
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The presidential candidate of Brazil, Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silvaassured that the campaign will start from this Monday for the second round on October 30th.
Lula insisted on presenting the results of that first round an opportunity for a personal conversation with the re-election candidate, Jair Bolsonaro.
“The struggle goes on until the final victory,” the former president said after reading the results of the first round of voting. At the time, he was a former prisoner who always thought he would win the elections.
“I always believed we would win the election and I guarantee you we will win this election. For us, that’s a bit hesitant‘ he said to his supporters stationed a few meters from his campaign bunker.
“We need to travel more to convince Brazilian society of our proposals. The fight goes on until the final victory. We hope for your support,” he said.
In a controversial definition, the former President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvawas pushed through in the first round of the presidential elections with a 5-point lead over the current head of state, Jair Bolsonaro, but have not reached the legally required 50% and A vote will take place on October 30th.
The results were surprising as virtually all polls showed a much more comfortable bias in favor of the Labor Party (PT) leader. Several pollsters showed a resounding victory in the first round.
At the end of an agonizing count that initially put Bolsonaro up to seven points clear but was later reduced by drops, the results put the former president in the balance Lula with 47.9% of the vote, versus 43.6% for the President who had 97% of the polling stations counted.
As expected, the remaining candidates are far behind the main competitors. Simone Tebet of the Brazilian Democratic Movement and Ciro Gomes of the Democratic Workers’ Party are barely above 4% and 3% respectively. The other seven, meanwhile, fail to surpass 1%.
Major pollsters had been predicting a major advantage for Lula for months, even anticipating the possibility that the former president would win this Sunday without requiring an Oct. 30 vote. However, Bolsonaro fought back and achieved a result that only his supporters wanted to believe.
While, Lula, who even reserved the emblematic Avenida Paulista to celebrate his victory in Sao Paulo in style, now has to fight for every vote.