The Heat: Brazil Elections

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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 loud​ly 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.