Elections in Brazil: Lula returns to power, defeating Bolsonaro in the closest election since the return to democracy

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Lula celebrates the victory.

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He was president for 8 years, he left with a high popularity rating, he was jailed for corruption, his sentence was overturned, and this Sunday, at the age of 77, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva confirmed his political resurrection.

Lula narrowly won Brazil’s election on Sunday, according to the Supreme Electoral Court, and is returning to power after defeating Jair Bolsonaro in a battle between ideological antagonists that have divided Latin America’s largest democracy.

Lula won by the narrowest margin in Brazilian history since 1989, when democracy was restored after the end of the dictatorship.

With him, the left returns to power in Brazil and ends the most right-wing government in decades.

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