Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva served as Brazil’s president from 2003 – 2010.
After defeating incumbent Jair Bolsonaro by a narrow 50.89 – 49.11% margin, he’ll once again serve as head of state and head of government for the next four years when inaugurated on January 1.
Commenting on his triumph, Lula said the following:
“This isn’t a victory of mine or the Workers’ Party.”
“It’s the victory of a democratic movement that formed above political parties, personal interests and ideologies so that democracy came out victorious,” adding:
“It is necessary to rebuild the very soul of this country, recover generosity, solidarity, respect for differences and love for others.”
Lula’s triumph was a remarkable comeback.
In July 2017, he was convicted and sentenced to 9.5 years imprisonment on bogus corruption-related charges.
He justifiably denied accepting an alleged $1.2 million bribe from Brazilian construction company, OAS, in exchange for helping the firm obtain government contracts.
At the time, his lead attorney, Valeska Texeira Zanin Martin, said the following:
“No credible evidence of guilt (was) produced, and overwhelming proof of his innocence (was) blatantly ignored,” adding:
“This politically motivated judgement attacks Brazil’s rule of law, democracy and Lula’s basic human rights.”
“It is of immense concern to the Brazilian people and to the international community.”
Lula was acquitted of “imputations of corruption and money laundering involving the storage of presidential stock for lack of sufficient proof of materiality.”
His legal team said Judge Sergio Moro’s ruling ignored evidence of innocence, accusing him of political bias.
According to Martin, bank and real estate records proved Lula’s innocence.
Money he was falsely accused of accepting was used by OAS to buy a three-story beachfront apartment.
If sold, the transaction would show up in bank records, proving Lula didn’t acquire the property.
He was framed to eliminate the threat of a good example.
At the time, his legal team vowed to prove his innocence of politically motivated charges.
Barred at the time from seeking another term as president, he was wrongfully imprisoned in 2018, then released 580 days later after Brazil’s Supreme Court reversed his conviction by a 3 – 2 majority.
He was denied the “right to a fair trial,” criminal lawyer, Bruno Fernandes, explained.
Ruling in favor of his release and annulment of charges against him, Justice Carmen Lucia called proceedings against him politically “biased.”
Addressing supporters after released, Lula said the following:
Slamming what he called the “rotten side” of Brazil’s justice system, he added:
“They did not imprison a man.”
“They tried to kill an idea.”
“Brazil did not improve. (Things) got worse.”
“(P)eople are going hungry. (They’re) unemployed.”
They “do not have formal jobs.”
They’re “working for Uber. They’re riding bikes to deliver pizzas.”
During his tenure as president, he presided over economic growth and lessening of inequality.
According to International Relations Professor Mauricio Santoro earlier, “Lula has more international prestige than” incumbent Bolsonaro.
On January 1, he’ll once again be sworn into office for another term as Brazilian president.
In pursuing greater social justice initiatives, he’ll face stiff headwinds with Brazil’s National Congress dominated by right-wing legislators.
And while the Biden regime congratulated him on once again becoming Brazil’s president, he’ll have no allies throughout the West if pursues normalized relations with Russia, China and other nations free from hegemon USA control.
A Final Comment
On Monday, Vladimir Putin commented on Lula’s reelection, saying the following:
“Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on winning the presidential election.”
“The vote’s results confirm your high political authority.”
“I expect that our joint efforts will ensure further development of constructive Russia-Brazil cooperation in all areas.”
Putin wished Lula success, good health and Brazilian prosperity ahead.
Along with China, India, Russia, South Africa — and growing numbers of other nations wishing to join the bloc — Brazil is a BRICS member-state.
The 5-nation alliance comprises about 30% of global territory, over 40% of the world’s population, one-fourth of its GDP, about one-third of its food production, and nearly 20% of world trade.
These nations — and others aspiring to become bloc members — are growing in importance on the world stage, while decadent
Western ones continue to decline.