Brazil’s presidential candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has shown this Sunday his conviction that he will win the second round of the country’s presidential elections, after he was this Sunday the most voted candidate in the first round by a narrow margin against his main rival, Jair Bolsonaro.
“We are going to win in São Paulo and we are going to win in Brazil,” expressed Lula, referring to Fernando Haddad (PT) in the second round against Tarcísio de Freitas (Republicans), according to a speech of the politician to his supporters collected by the newspaper ‘Folha de S.Paulo’.
Lula da Silva, leader of the Workers’ Party (PT), has affirmed that the second round against Bolsonaro (Liberal Party) is only an extension. “I have 30 more days to campaign”, he has assured.
However, the also former president of the country, has regretted not having won the elections in the first round.
“All the polls put us in first place and I always thought we were going to win. And we are going to do it. This is just a reprieve,” he posted in a message on Twitter social network profile.
“Yesterday I said that in every election I want to win in the first round, but it is not always possible. I am motivated by the belief that nothing happens by chance,” he has stated.
In addition, the PT has shown its willingness to mature proposals and expand a range of alliances. Lula has announced, also, his desire to debate more with Bolsonaro.
“It will be the first opportunity to have a face-to-face debate with the current president, so that we can make comparisons between the Brazil he built and the Brazil we built,” he has added.
With 97.07 percent of the votes counted, Lula da Silva, leader of the Workers’ Party, has emerged as the winner of the first round, winning 47.88 percent of the ballots–more than 54.8 million votes. The difference between the two main candidates is reduced to little more than four percentage points, as indicated by the counting of practically all the ballot boxes.
After the also former president of the country had been behind Bolsonaro for half of the count, Lula has managed to overtake his rival. Despite this, both have remained close to the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.