Talking after receiving the official “diploma” declaring him the winner of Brazil’s October 30 presidential runoff, the 77-year-old ex-metalworker was overcome with emotion as he praised “the boldness of the Brazilian folks in handing this doc to somebody who’s been attacked so many occasions for not having a college diploma.”
Lula, who is ready to be inaugurated on January 1, defeated far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro within the runoff.
It was a exceptional turnaround for the previous president (2003-2010), who left workplace as the most well-liked chief in Brazil’s fashionable historical past, solely to be jailed for greater than 18 months on controversial prices stemming from an enormous corruption investigation centered on state-run oil firm Petrobras.
Lula, who denies wrongdoing, was launched in November 2019.
He was cleared to run on this yr’s elections when the Supreme Court docket annulled his convictions, discovering bias by the lead decide within the case, Sergio Moro — who went on to turn out to be Bolsonaro’s justice minister.
Lula described Monday’s ceremony as a victory for democracy, after Bolsonaro baselessly attacked Brazil’s electoral system as fraud-ridden and inspired what he referred to as “respectable protests” towards the end result.
1000’s of Bolsonaro protesters blocked roads and rallied exterior military bases after his loss, calling for a navy intervention to maintain him in energy.
“This can be a celebration of true democracy,” Lula mentioned in his speech on the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE).
“Seldom in our nation’s latest historical past has democracy been so threatened, seldom has the desire of the folks been so examined and needed to overcome so many obstacles to make itself heard.”
The top of the TSE, Decide Alexandre de Moraes, praised the electoral authority for “guaranteeing democratic stability and keeping off legal assaults on the pillars of constitutional authorities.”
Lula received the bitterly divisive election by the narrowest margin in Brazil’s fashionable historical past, 50.9 p.c to 49.1 p.c.
Bolsonaro has not explicitly conceded defeat. However he licensed the transition course of to go forward.