Brazil’s former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has defeated the incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in an election runoff.
What Happened: The Leftist Lula received 50.9% of the votes while Bolsonaro got 49.1%, according to the country’s Supreme Electoral Court, which declared the former the winner, reported Reuters.
The 77-year-old Lula is due to be sworn in as president on Jan. 1.
Why It Matters: Bolsonaro’s administration was the most right-wing government in Brazil in decades, noted Reuters.
President Joe Biden and other world leaders have offered messages of congratulations to the president-elect of Brazil.
Bolsonaro received support from former U.S. President Donald Trump, who referred to him as “Tropical Trump.”
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