Lula vs. Bolsonaro: “It is the most important election in Brazil after the end of the dictatorship because our still fragile democratic system is at stake”

  • Gerardo Lissard
  • BBC News World

The presidential ballot in Brazil between Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Jair Bolsonaro this Sunday is the most important election in the country since the end of the military dictatorship in 1985, an eminent Brazilian political scientist and historian tells BBC Mundo.

In the largest country in Latin America, the “still fragile democratic system” is at stake, says Jose Murilo de Carvalhomember of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Former President Lula, a 77-year-old leftist who obtained 48.4% of the vote in the first round of elections this month, comes to the ballot with an advantage of between four and eight points in different valid vote intention polls published this Saturday.

But the current president Bolsonaro, a 67-year-old far-right, obtained a higher vote in the first round than the polls anticipated (43.2%) and aspires to be re-elected against many forecasts.

Lula vs. Bolsonaro: “It is the most important election in Brazil after the end of the dictatorship because our still fragile democratic system is at stake” – BBC News Mundo