‘A new era’: world leaders react to Lula’s victory over Bolsonaro in Brazil

Leaders from the United States, France and other western and Latin American nations were quick to offer congratulations on Sunday to Brazil’s president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, after his narrow victory over far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro had cast doubt on the voting process leading up to the bitterly divisive election, and hinted he might reject the outcome if he lost.

But US president Joe Biden’s statement strongly backed the legitimacy of the result, congratulating Lula “following free, fair, and credible elections”.

“I look forward to working together to continue the cooperation between our two countries in the months and years ahead,” he said.

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said on Twitter, “The people of Brazil have spoken,” adding that he looks forward to working with Lula, “to strengthen the partnership between our countries, to deliver results for Canadians and Brazilians, and to advance shared priorities – like protecting the environment.”

French leader Emmanuel Macron also offered his good wishes, saying the poll opened “a new page” in Brazil’s history.

“Together, we will join forces to take up the many common challenges and renew the ties of friendship between our two countries,” the French president said on Twitter, minutes after the announcement of the final election results.

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