Brazil elects Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva back into the presidency, but the question is: will Jair Bolsonaro accept defeat?
Brazil’s right wing President Jair Bolsonaro lost his re-election bid to the leftist former president Lula by a razor thin margin. The outcome reflective of Brazil’s deeply divided electorate. Now, 24 hours after the results were announced, Bolsonaro has yet to concede or comment at all to the media, raising questions as to whether he’ll accept the outcome without a fight. Some of his supporters, however, are loudly sounding off.
Joining the discussion:
- Mercio Gomes is a Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a researcher on the rise of Jair Bolsonaro.
- Euan Marshall is an editor for The Brazilian Report.
- Monica de Bolle is a Senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
- Paulo Sotero is a Distinguished Fellow for the Brazil Institute, at the Wilson Center.
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