58 Million of Brazilian Voters (61%) Give Lula Four More Years

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva gets reelected As foretold by the surveys all along the second round campaign Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was reelected president of Brazil this Sunday in a landslide. Lula’s victory was announced at 7:12 pm in Brazil, just two hours after the closing of the polls.

By then, only 85.75% of the electoral precincts had their votes counted, but Lula’s advantage (over 17 million) was already so overwhelming that there was no way for Alckmin to catch up with him.

At 1:16 am, this Monday, with 99.97% of the votes in, the president had 58,292,517 votes (60,823%) against 37,542,576 (39.17%) from Alckmin. Lula justified his victory arguing, "There is no candidate against food on  people’s table."

Just after voting in the morning Lula had told reporters during a tumultuous press conference in São Bernardo do Campo, the city where he started his political career as a union leader: "We will put together all the necessary alliances so that we can have serenity and the ability to approve all the big projects that I believe Brazil needs. Most of all I want to talk to all political parties, our allies and those in the opposition, and with the state governors."

Even before the polls closed Lula had already left his house in São Bernardo do Campo and had gone to the Intercontinental Hotel, in São Paulo, close to Paulista Avenue, the place where Paulistas celebrate big victories like soccer championships.

In his first declaration after being proclaimed the winner, the president stressed that his victory belonged to all of Brazil and not only to him or the parties that had backed him. As he had done when he won the first time, he vowed to make the fight against poverty his number one priority. Lula was wearing a T-shirt with the written message: "The victory belongs to Brazil."

"We want to turn Brazil into a more balanced and just country," he said adding that his reelection had shown that the Brazilian democracy is strong and that the country has just gone through a "magic moment of consolidation."

Opposition candidate Geraldo Alckmin called the president to congratulate him for the victory. Alckmin won less votes than in the first round. He lost votes even in Pindamonhangaba, a town about 100 miles from São Paulo, where he started his political career as councilman (1973-1976) and then became mayor (1977-1982). 

While he won 48.552 votes in the first round in his hometown or 60.15% of the valid votes, this number fell by 3,121 votes in the runoff. Lula in turn increased his loot in the city by 8,676 votes. He went from 28.67% to 39,85% of the valid votes.

"I did my best," he told supporters. "I made a big effort, I traveled throughout Brazil and took the message of regional development to the whole Country. Democracy is a beauty. I cared for the Lula wishing him a good term of office", said.

The candidate went on to thank all those who helped throughout the campaign: "I want to thank from the bottom of my heart. We didn’t have a single incident in this electoral campaign. I want to pay homage to Mário Covas (late governor of São Paulo), who inspired us. I want to recognize our campaigners, the political parties, the PSDB, the PFL, the PPS and so many parties from the wide alliance that supported us."

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  • tania hasib

    after 2 years pass im 100% reinforcing my point
    Hey HM, would you still agree with your n words of 2 years back? I dont think so…………..

  • HM

    All is not lost
    Hi Tania: Democracy in Brazil did not end with this election, it has just begun. In Brazil Lula do not have what Bush presently has in the US, a bully pulpit and a rubber stamp congress. (I wrote presently because in a few days that will change.)
    Without majority rule, the best chance for constructive progress to take place in Brazil is by collaboration. If you tell me that you do not have faith in your politicians to do the job that they were elected to accomplish then I do not think you can blame Lula alone. The president sets the agenda and congress debates and approve or disapprove of that agenda. The congress also have a right to set its own agenda. That is democracy at work. Without a majority there is no reason for capitulation.
    If your politicians in Brazil cannot put country first then I will have to agree with you but only if the brazilian citizens themselves capitulate by not holding their individual politicians feet to the fire. Remember, you are the government they are only the elected representative. Never give up hope because when you do nothing changes. Education is the key to change. Start there.

  • Reality

    And if Brazilians punish and penalize….
    ….a corrupted chief gang, by re-electing him, be sure that he will do even far more backstage, tricky and dirty deals….during his second mandate !
    You aint see nothing yet, but you have given him your blessing !

  • tania hasib

    this is no good
    This results will take completelly the right of any Brazilian to complain or persue their rights for changes in the future. They lost their chance …again……
    Sadly
    tania Hasib 🙁

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