Polarized Brazil votes in tense Bolsonaro vs Lula presidential runoff
Combination picture of Brazil's President and candidate for re-election Jair Bolsonaro during a news conference at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, October 4, 2022 and Brazil's former president and presidential frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a meeting of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), that officially nominated him as the candidate of the party, in Brasilia, Brazil, July 29, 2022. REUTERS/Adriano Machado and Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo
Sunday marked the start of voting in Brazil’s divisive presidential runoff between far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro and leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
After a presidency that saw one of the deadliest COVID-19 epidemics in the history of the globe and extensive deforestation in the Amazon basin, Bolsonaro has vowed to consolidate a significant rightward tilt in Brazilian politics.