Brazilians will vote again after their two presidential hopefuls failed to win enough votes to make them the clear winner.
The race will be decided by a run-off election, as neither candidate received the majority of the support. It will take place on 30 October.
It will be decided by the highly polarised vote whether the country elects a leftist or a far-right leader to continue in power for the next four years.
After 99.29% of all ballots had been counted, Brazil’s most important election since 1985’s military dictatorship ended, Mr da Silva of leftist Workers Party received 48.26%.
With 43.34% support, Bolsonaro came in second.
After the first round, Mr. da Silva described the upcoming election as “extra time” for a football match.
“I want every election to be won in the first round. He said that it wasn’t always possible.
Reporters in Brasilia, Mr Bolsonaro stated that he understood that there was a desire for change among the population but that certain changes could be for the worse.
Recent opinion polls have given Mr da Silva an overwhelming lead. A Saturday survey gave him a 50 to 36% advantage.
The election was closer than expected, in both the presidential race and for the governorships and congressional seats.
Carlos Melo, a professor of political science at Insper University in Sao Paulo, said that “the far-right has shown remarkable resilience in the presidential race and in state races.”
He said, “It’s too early to go too deep. But this election shows that Mr Bolsonaro won in 2018,” he continued.
Who is Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva?
Lula is the affectionate name for Mr da Silva. He is best known for creating a comprehensive social welfare program during his tenure from 2003 to 2010. However, he is also remembered as a corrupt official.
The 76-year old was sentenced to a year in prison on corruption charges, but these were overturned later by the Supreme Court.
Many believe that the charges were motivated politically because Bolsonaro was the frontrunner in the presidential election taking place at that time.
Lula, a former worker in a factory and union leader, was elected to resign in 2010. His approval rating was close to 90%.
According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, Brazil saw a drop in deforestation of 65% during his presidency.
Who is Jair Bolsonaro, anyway?
Since his arrival on the scene in Brazil four years ago, Bolsonaro has been a controversial figure in Brazilian politics.
However, the administration of the 67-year old has been marred by incendiary speeches, the testing of democratic institutions, and his highly criticised handling the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the worst deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in 15-years.
Bolsonaro gave farmers and miners unprecedented freedom to reduce trees at record-breaking rates under his leadership.
He has managed to build a loyal base of supporters through his defense of conservative values and his presentation as a protector against leftist policies that he claims violate personal freedoms.
He has however built a loyal base by standing up for conservative values and presenting himself to the nation as protecting it from leftist policies which he claims infringe personal liberties and cause economic chaos.