Monday, October 31, 2022

Democracy wins in Brazil

Brazilians went to the polls today in a run-off presidential election, and voted narrowly to re-elect former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva rather than authoritarian, coup-apologist, anti-environment, covid-superspreader Jair Bolsonaro. Which is pretty good news for Brazilian democracy, the global climate, and actual Brazilians - Bolsonaro managed to murder more than 700,000 of them with his covid-denial, and Brazil's senate has recommended that he face murder charges over it.

I don't know enough about Brazilian politics to interpret the Chamber of Deputies results and work out if Lula will actually be able to do anything, or will have to fight a hostile legislature. But even if its the latter, the change at the top and the democratic ousting of an authoritarian would-be dictator is something to celebrate.