Bolsonaro has still not spoken out after the election loss in Brazil

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Incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro has not spoken after it became clear that he lost the presidential election in Brazil. Thus, he has not acknowledged the loss either.Published: October 31, 2022, 10:40 p.mAfter hours of nail-biting vote count, Brazil’s electoral authority was able to declare challenger Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva the winner with 50.9 percent of the vote late on Sunday. The sitting president, the controversial far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, got 49.1 percent. Despite a large media gathering constantly outside the president’s official residence since the election results were clear, Bolsonaro has not spoken publicly or on his social media accounts, AP reports. That has raised concerns about his reaction to the result, after months of questioning the electoral system, AFP reports. The only sign so far of post-election protests has come from truck drivers supporting Bolsonaro blocking a number of roads around the country. Some concern has been expressed that Bolsonaro could attempt a Brazilian version of the storming of the Capitol in 2021, which shook the United States after then-President Donald Trump refused to accept that he lost the 2020 presidential election. Trump is one of Bolsonaro’s political role models. The victorious Lula, on the other hand, has spoken out after the election results became clear. In a speech to cheering supporters, he promised to be a president not just for the half of the electorate that voted for him, but for the entire country. “I will govern for 215 million Brazilians, not just for those who voted for me. There are not two Brazils. We are a country – a people – a great nation,” he said, according to The Guardian. Torsten Wetterblad, Brazil researcher who for many years was associated with the Nordic Latin America Institute at Stockholm University, is on the scene in São Paulo, where motorists honked their horns to celebrate the change of power “This creates an opportunity for unity, that democracy is no longer in danger, as it was under Bolsonaro’s rule,” he says. For Lula, great challenges await to rule the country, if the result stands. In his victory speech, he promised to fight poverty, to stop the devastation of the Amazon and to regain international trust. Last year, it was estimated that almost a third – 63 million people – lived on a monthly income of the equivalent of less than one thousand kroner, according to the think tank and university FGV. Wetterblad highlights the economy as the major challenge. Living conditions have generally deteriorated in Brazil over the past decade, limiting the scope for reform.” The big difference compared to when he came to power in 2002 is that the Brazilian economy is not growing at all in the same way. Back then, you had the commodity boom behind you, which created the conditions to increase employment,” he says.Besides, it comes The future president is forced to work in a fragmented Congress where parties close to Bolsonaro have a lot of support.” They have a majority in both chambers. Lula has always been a skilled negotiator, but it will take even more from him now to try to stitch together a majority and find solutions that this Congress can accept,” says Wetterblad, continuing: “It is not impossible to make a deal with the parties that supported Bolsonaro, quite a few of them are quite flexible when it comes to attitudes. But a lot will be required of him (Lula) in this brand new situation that has arisen.”

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