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What Lula's victory means for the world

By Ishaan Tharoor

01 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Lula's victory represents one of the more spectacular political comebacks this century. Washington Post explain why he has little time to bask in his triumph.

Less than three years ago, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was in prison. On Monday, he woke up on the path to returning to the presidency of Brazil after securing a narrow victory in Sunday's second round runoff election. The leftist defeated incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in a bitter contest shaped by ideological animosity and personal enmity. His victory represents one of the more spectacular political comebacks this century.

Lula served two successful terms as president from 2003 to 2010, where he tapped into an epochal commodity boom to lift millions of Brazilians out of poverty through far-reaching welfare programs. But the years that followed his presidency saw an economic downturn, while a vast corruption scandal implicated much of the Brazilian political establishment - and led to Lula himself going to prison in 2018, only for the country's Supreme Court to order his release in 2019 and later annul the charges against him.

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