Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won the country’s presidential election on Sunday night, and President Joe Biden congratulated him on the accomplishment. He also lauded the elections as being “free, fair, and credible.”
The White House released a statement of congratulations less than an hour after the Brazilian electoral authorities declared da Silva, the former president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010, the winner of the race against right-wing incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro has been spreading theories for the past two years in an effort to rig the polls. According to Da Silva and his campaign as well as many Brazilian officials, swift foreign acceptance of the results was essential to defeating Bolsonaro’s potential attempt to reject the results.
Biden expressed his congratulations to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on winning the free, fair, and genuine election to lead Brazil. “I look forward to working with you to continue the partnership between our two countries in the weeks, months, and years ahead.”
The American Embassy in Brazil posted the information in Portuguese on Twitter and other social media websites.
Da Silva defeated Bolsonaro by more than 2 million votes in the election. Throughout his presidency, Bolsonaro has worked to weaken Brazil’s democracy. Bolsonaro, who backed former U.S. Up until their first meeting this summer, President Donald Trump never acknowledged or congratulated Biden on his victory in the 2020 election and persisted in casting doubt on it.
One of Brazil’s largest newspapers, Folha de S. The Biden administration reportedly planned to send National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to Brazil in the upcoming weeks, according to a report from Paulo on Sunday. The publication saw this as an effort to facilitate a seamless transition and uphold the credibility of the election.
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In a statement on Saturday, Da Silva said he intended to travel to the US as soon as he was elected president and pledged to repair relations with other nations that had deteriorated under Bolsonaro.
In his inaugural speech as president-elect on Sunday night, he hailed his reappointment as a victory for the world’s fourth-largest democracy.
The majority of Brazilians “made clear that they desire more, not less, democracy,” according to da Silva’s maiden speech as president-elect, and choose greater social inclusion than less. Instead of wanting less fraternity and equality in our country, they want more of it.