Brazil’s Marxist president “Lula”, has easily won the Brazil’s latest election.
From the Communist Party USA’s People’s Weekly World
The Brazilian people have rejected a right-wing onslaught and handed Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva a decisive re-election as president. In one of the most contentious presidential elections in Brazilian history, the right wing and its media system furiously pushed its candidate, Geraldo Alckmin, hoping to regain the power it lost in 2002.
However, the Brazilian people, showing political determination, depth and sophistication, stopped this conservative blitzkrieg and emerged as the biggest winners.
It was a stunning victory. Lula received 61 percent of the vote in the Oct. 29 runoff — 58 million votes, 20 million more than Alckmin. In the first round of voting, Oct. 1, Lula had fallen just short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff.
Lula, a former factory worker, heads the left-wing Workers Party. First elected in 2002, his administration has sought economic policies that encouraged growth while limiting privatization of the public sector and other neoliberal measures.