In just three years, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has gone from prisoner to president-elect.
After being jailed on corruption charges, the left-wing da Silva engineered a stunning political resurrection on Sunday by winning Brazil’s presidential runoff election — in a nail-biter — over right-wing incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro.
With nearly all the ballots counted, official returns gave da Silva, who is a former two-term president, 50.8% of the vote compared to 49.2% for Bolsonaro. Da Silva will be sworn-in for a four-year term on Jan. 1.
On Sunday night, I spoke with a friend in Sao Paulo and he confirmed just how divided the nation is. He accepts the results but wonders what president-elect Lula is going to do next. He won, but has no mandate and the regional divide is astonishing. Bolsonaro won the states of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo or the two financial centers.