I will govern for 215 million Brazilians, and not only those who voted for me. There are not two Brazils. We are one people, one great nation.Brazil’s President-Elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva after beating the current conservative president, Jair Bolsonaro, by a narrow margin. It is the first time in Brazil’s modern history that a sitting president did not win re-election.
Why It Matters: Brazil is Latin America's biggest economy. President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was president from 2003-2011, was imprisoned for corruption while running for president in 2018. His victory, however, is part of a "wave of recent leftist victories in the region, including Chile, Colombia and Argentina" (The Associated Press).
Lula defeats Bolsonaro to again become Brazil’s president (The Associated Press)
by Jenna Lee,