The Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has won a landslide victory in the second round of the country’s election. razil’s electoral court proclaimed Lula the winner over his rival Geraldo Alckmin of the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party just a few hours after polls closed. With 91 percent of the ballots counted, Lula had 60.54 percent against 39.46 percent for Alckmin.
Lula fell shy of an absolute majority in the first round vote on October 1 against a wider field after an attempted smear campaign by his Workers’ Party against opposition candidates backfired. Support from the working classes, who have benefited from more jobs as well as welfare programs during his four-year term, is the key to Lula’s comeback.