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Brazil's Election and the Transfer of Power

November 1, 2022

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Cited article by Rodrigo Pedroso, Camilo Rocha, Julia Jones, Hira Humayun and Jorge Engels, CNN

HRRC calls for the peaceful transfer of power in Brazil. Jail Bolsonaro's refusal to concede the election to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is fueling current protests. Bolsonaro's public acceptance of the election would considerably reduce the unrest and tension happening in Brazil.

Article Summary

Jail Bolsonaro, the exiting president of Brazil, has yet to formally admit to his recent election loss to opponent Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. However, it is believed that he has signaled his willingness to transfer power to the incoming administration. Bolsonaro's Chief of Staff, Ciro Nogueira, has publicly stated he will work with the new administration and is awaiting Lula da Silva's team to contact him to begin the transition.

Those supporting Bolsonaro are reportedly applauding him for not conceding defeat, and have taken his avoiding the topic as permission to continue protests. Many of these protests have shut down public and federal streets and resulted in heavy damages. Thus far, Lula da Silva has not commented on the ongoing protests, though a leader of Lula da Silva's working party stated confidence that the protests would not interfere with the transfer of power.


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