Brazilian competitors for presidency are headed to runoff
(MENAFN) None of the contenders was able to earn a majority after the first round of voting in Brazil's presidential election on Sunday. On October 30, there is going to be a runoff between current President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Lula da Silva.
Only two of the 11 contenders running for president of South America's economic powerhouse have received substantial backing.
76-year-old Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who presided over Brazil from 2003 to 2010, earned 48.1 percent of the vote, while Jair Bolsonaro, the current president, received 43.5 percent. According to the electoral authorities, it was theoretically impossible for either of them to win in the first round after 98.8 percent of the votes had been counted.
Speaking from a hotel in the heart of Sao Paulo on Sunday night, Lula, “as I always said, we are going to win these elections – this is just extra time for us.” Adding, “the battle continues until our final victory.”
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