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Developed News Story | Brazilian in divisive polls against left-wing in general election vote 2022

Voting is underway in the most divisive presidential election in Brazil’s history with left-wing former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva squaring off against far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro.

The frontrunner da Silva, popularly known as Lula, said he is running for president “to get the country back to normal” after four years under President Bolsonaro’s rule.

Vote counting is underway in Brazil in the first round of the country’s most polarized election in decades with leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva favoring beating right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

With only 0.2 percent of electronic voting machines counted, Lula and Bolsonaro both had about 44 percent of the vote, the national electoral authority said on its website.

The frontrunner da Silva, popularly known as Lula, said he is running for president “to get the country back to normal” after four years under President Bolsonaro’s rule.

“We don’t want more hate, more discord. We want a country at peace,” said the 76-year-old ex-president, who is seeking a comeback after leading Brazil from 2003 to 2010. “This country needs to recover the right to be happy.”

About 156 million people were eligible to cast ballots.

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