This is how world leaders reacted to Lula’s victory in Brazil

(CNN Spanish) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva was elected to a third term in Brazil after a close contest with his opponent, current President Jair Bolsonaro, who was elected in 2018 and will end his presidential term on December 31.

Lula, who was once considered the most influential person in the world according to TIME magazine, and was later accused of corruption and money laundering, sent to prison and finally released after his conviction was overturned, made a political comeback after a tough presidential campaign against Bolsonaro, and won in the second round of elections with slightly more than 50% of the votes in a highly divided country.

Politicians, leaders and celebrities from all over the world reacted to Lula’s victory, many celebrating his victory and the new era that is coming for Brazil.

Latin American leaders celebrate Lula’s return

From Mexico to Argentina, political leaders sent messages to Brazil’s president-elect, saying Lula’s victory was the start of a new era in regional politics.

This is what they said:

President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez

Vice President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

President of Chile Gabriel Boric

President of Colombia Gustavo Petro

Vice President of Colombia, Francia Márquez

Bolivian President Luis Arce

President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel

President of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso

President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei

President of Honduras, Xiomara Castro

President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Nicaragua’s government said in a statement signed by President Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo that they celebrated Lula’s victory.

“We celebrate their well-deserved victory with joy, asking God to give them health, strength and lots of love so that together they can build and encourage the future of their great homeland, the well-being of their families and continue to contribute to the search for peace in the world,” reads the presidential statement welcoming Lulu.

President of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo

The President of Peru, Pedro Castillo

Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, Alexandra Hill Tinoco

President of Uruguay Luis Lacalle Pou

President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro

Some former presidents and regional leaders also congratulated Lulu after his victory:

Former President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri:

Former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales

Former Colombian President Ernesto Samper

Rafael Correa, former president of Ecuador

Former President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, husband of President Xiomare Castro

World leaders congratulate Lula

Presidents of various countries around the world sent their congratulations to the president-elect of Brazil, heralding the return of the left in Brazil.

Here’s what some of the world leaders said:

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez

French President Emmanuel Macron

“All my congratulations, dear @LulaOficial, for your election which opens a new page in the history of Brazil,” Macron wrote.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“The people of Brazil have said,” Trudeau wrote.

US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden also congratulated Lula on his victory and issued a statement saying he looks forward to working with the president-elect and continuing US-Brazil cooperation in the coming months and years.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken congratulated the citizens of Brazil for “voting and reaffirming the strength of their democracy.”

Representative of the US House of Representatives, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, also an environmental activist. He pointed out that with the results of the elections in Brazil comes “an opportunity to change the course of history” in the Amazon and in the world.

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