SAO PAULO ― President Joe Biden congratulated former leftist Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on his victory within the nation’s presidential election Sunday night time that additionally lauded the elections as “free, fair, and credible elections.”
The congratulatory assertion from the White House got here lower than an hour after Brazil’s electoral authorities declared da Silva, who previously led Brazil from 2003 to 2010, because the winner of the race in opposition to right-wing incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro has spent the final two years spreading conspiracy theories in an try and undermine the elections. Da Silva and his marketing campaign, together with many officers inside Brazil, noticed swift worldwide recognition of the outcomes as key to blunting any potential try from Bolsonaro to contest the outcomes.
“I send my congratulations to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on his election to be the next president of Brazil following free, fair, and credible elections,” Biden mentioned in an announcement. “I look forward to working together to continue the cooperation between our two countries in the months and years ahead.”
Da Silva completed roughly 2 million votes forward of Bolsonaro in a race that was a key check of Brazil’s democracy, which Bolsonaro has spent his presidency attempting to undermine. Bolsonaro, an ally of former U.S. President Donald Trump, by no means congratulated or acknowledged Biden’s 2020 election victory and continued to query it forward of his first assembly along with his U.S. counterpart this summer time.
Folha de S.Paulo, one among Brazil’s largest newspapers, reported Sunday that the Biden administration additionally deliberate to ship National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to Brazil within the coming weeks, a transfer the paper interpreted as meant to assist bolster the legitimacy of the election and guarantee a easy transition.
Da Silva has pledged to rebuild worldwide relationships which have frayed underneath Bolsonaro, and on Saturday mentioned that he would search to journey to the United States early in his presidency.
He hailed his return to the presidency as a victory for the world’s fourth-largest democracy in his first speech as president-elect Sunday night time.
“The majority of the Brazilian people made it clear that they want more, not less, democracy,” da Silva mentioned in his first speech as president-elect. “They want more social inclusion, not less. They want more, not less, equality and fraternity in our country.”