Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, better known as Lula, has thanked the people of Brazil for his election victory. It marks a miraculous political comeback for the man who was elected president twice before being sent to prison over a corruption scandal, then released and allowed to stand again. Lula stands on the brink of his third term as Brazil's president. Can he unite a country bitterly divided by this presidential election?
Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has secured a return to office, defeating far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. He called for "peace and unity" after a bitter electoral campaign.
The leftist presidential candidate has vowed to protect religious liberty while in office. Lula's right-wing opponent, incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, receives strong support from protestants.
Simone Tebet urged her voters to back Lula due to his "commitment to democracy." Former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso also endorsed his leftist former rival.
He is the candidate of hope and renewal for some, a demon of the past and a symbol of corruption for others. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who became Brazil's first left-wing president in 2002, hopes to return to the country’s top job after the presidential election, whose first round takes place on October 2.
We bring you a special edition on the upcoming elections in Brazil. On October 2, some 156 million Brazilians will head to the polls to elect a third of their senators, 513 deputies, all 27 governors and Brazilian state legislatures, as well as a president.
28 Aug 2022
Jair Bolsonaro has once again criticized the country's electoral system without evidence, while his main rival Lula called the far-right president "a cheap copy of Trump."
26 Jun 2022
Strong inflation headwinds could deny Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro a second term, with the incumbent also facing a new corruption scandal. Lula says citizens want to "get rid" of the current government.
1 May 2022
The imprisonment and political exclusion of former President Lula da Silva was a violation of his rights, the UN has said. Lula is currently leading in polls for October's presidential election.
22 Dec 2021
A video has been widely shared in pro-Bolsonaro circles on Brazilian social media. It claims to show Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva being insulted by Parisian students during a Batucada performance, while on the French leg of his European tour. We explore how the performance was hijacked and twisted by rival political supporters.
27 Jul 2021
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said his country is paying the price for current president Jair Bolsonaro's "incompetence" in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis and that "he is responsible for a part of all these Brazilians who have lost their lives".
25 Mar 2021
Brazil's Supreme Court is set to throw out evidence in the corruption cases against former president Lula, after ruling that the judge spearheading the graft probe was biased against the leftist leader.