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Brazilians at the polls to settle the duel between Lula and Bolsonaro

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Will Lula make a comeback at 77? Can Jair Bolsonaro win? Refuse defeat? After a very tense campaign, more than 156 million Brazilians are called to elect their president on Sunday in a second round of an election with an uncertain outcome.

Brazilians are called to the polls on Sunday, October 30, for the second round of the presidential election, which sees the far-right incumbent president, Jair Bolsonaro, and the left-wing candidate, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva oppose.

The ballot promises to be tight, the two candidates being able to claim a new mandate.

Jair Bolsonaro has pledged to continue his conservative line. “Lula” meanwhile promised to improve the situation of the poorest Brazilians and the middle class, as he had done between 2003 and 2010 when he was in power.

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Some 120 million voters are expected to use voting machines to designate the future president, a system criticized by Jair Bolsonaro who has questioned, without supporting evidence, his integrity.

These statements raised fears that he could challenge the results in the event of a defeat.

In the first round, around 32 million Brazilians (21%) did not come to vote. These abstentionists were one of the challenges of this second round because only 6 million votes separated the two finalists on the evening of the 1st round.

Voting is compulsory in Brazil but the fine of 3.5 reais, around 0.50 euro, is not a deterrent. The final vote tally could be tight on Sunday evening and increase tension and polarization in the country.

“I think we will win”

The run-off campaign ended on Saturday with the final rallies led by Lula and Bolsonaro, both in the southeast, and the release of a final poll where the far-right incumbent president cuts his lag against the candidate. left, on the eve of the vote.

According to the Datafolha reference institute, the former president would win 52% against 48%, with a margin of error of +/- 2 points. A previous Datafolha poll on Thursday gave Lula a 6-point lead (53%-47%).

“I think we’re going to win,” Lula, 77, said in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest electoral college, vowing to “return this country to normal” as thousands of supporters dressed in red shouted “Get out Jair!”

Lula attacked his adversary who “has no limit to tell lies” and “does not have the psychic conditions to govern a country the size of Brazil”. THE left-wing candidate seeks to return to power after leading Latin America’s largest economy between 2003 and 2010 and being imprisoned for 18 months for corruption, before his convictions were overturned by the courts.

Earlier in the day, at the head of a motorcade in Belo Horizonte, capital of the state of Minas Gerais, Jair Bolsonaro also said he was “confident in victory”.

Friday, during the last televised debate at loggerheads where insults flared (“bandit”, “unbalanced”), the two protagonists accused each other of “lying”, without exposing their projects for the country with a continental size of 215 million dirhams. ‘inhabitants.

With AFP and Reuters

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