Last night (October 30th, 2022), Brazilians narrowly elected Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as their new president. Jair Bolsonaro has yet to concede or make any public remarks. The country remains politically divided.

What comes next?
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Global Exchange, in collaboration with the communication studio Peninsula 360 Press, is on the ground with a team of journalists. We invite you to join us for a Facebook and YouTube LIVE this morning as we discuss the outcome of yesterday’s narrow election and what comes next for Brazil.

Global Exchange’s Ted Lewis will be joined by:

  • Michael Fox – Freelance American journalist based in Brazil
  • Laura Carlsen – Political analyst – Director of the Americas Program.
  • Fernando Cruz – Brazilian independent journalist
  • Claudia Martínez – journalist – Mexican State Broadcasting System (SPR)

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Global Exchange, in collaboration with Peninsula 360 Press, is on the ground with a team of reports who will follow and report on the second round of the general elections in Brazil on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

We are working with team of journalists with a long history in Brazil, including Michael Fox, a freelance American journalist based in Brazil; Fernando Cruz, a freelance Brazilian journalist; Laura Carlsen, an international analyst; Daniela Pastrana, a journalist and director of Pie de Página; Omar Martínez, a photographer with Cuartoscuro media agency; and Claudia Martínez and Enrique Romero, both from the Mexican State Broadcasting System (SPR).

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In addition to providing constant and updated information as data and events occur on Election Day (Sunday, Oct. 30), we will have the following two live Webinars (on our social media channels – Facebook and YouTube) with the participation of our collaborators in the field:

Webinar in English
Sunday, October 30
13:00 hours Brazil time (9:00 hours Pacific Time)

Webinar in Spanish
Sunday, October 30th
2:30 p.m. Brazil time (10:30 p.m. Pacific Time)

Webinar in English
Monday, October 31st
1:00 p.m. Brazil time (9:00 a.m. Pacific Time).

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FIRST ELECTION – October 2, 2022

Global Exchange and Peninsula 360 Press had a team of reporters across Brazil observing and reporting out all day during yesterday’s October 2 first-round election. We invite you to read the latest article published by The World from one of our on-the-ground reporters, Mike Fox.

‘It will be a challenge’: Lula, Bolsonaro head to runoffs in tight Brazil elections”
The World – By Mike Fox
October 3, 2022

The first round of Brazil’s elections took place on Sunday, October 2. Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won the race, but that is about all that went as planned. He was expected to cruise to a huge victory and possibly even take the presidency in the first round — presidential and governor candidates in Brazil, need a majority of valid votes to win outright. But the final result showed president Jair Bolsonaro just a handful of points behind the former president. And it’s going to mean weeks of intense campaigning as Bolsonaro has now become a real contender for the second round election at the end of the month.

Read the full article here. 

Brazilian Elections & Brazil on Fire!
by Mike Fox

It’s finally here. The Brazilian elections are today. Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva leads all polls by a wide margin. If he wins more than half of valid votes, he’ll take the presidency in the first round. Bolsonaro, however, is unlikely to go down without a fight.

I’m in São Paulo for the elections and I’ve been reporting around the clock in recent days. Below is a list of interviews and stories I’ve produced, looking at what’s at stake and what to expect. I’ll be in the streets throughout the day tomorrow and I’ll be posting often on Twitter. You can follow me @mfox_us.

The other big news is that the sixth and final episode of my podcast Brazil on Fire dropped this week. It looks at Bolsonaro’s devastating impact on the Amazon. If you were only going to listen to one thing about Brazil over the next day to understand why these elections are so important, I would recommend that this be it. You can hear it here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Regarding what I’ve been up to over the last week or so…

Here are stories I filed for PRI’s The World this week about Lula and another about the unprecedented number of Indigenous, Black and campesino candidates in state and federal elections tomorrow.

Here’s a short video I shot and produced about the lead-up to the vote.

I’ve also done interviews in recent days with Democracy Now!, the Latino Media Collective, and I participated in a Global Exchange webinar about the elections.

Finally, in this interview with The Real News’ Max Alvarez, we look deeper into the podcast series and what it means in the lead-up to this weekend’s elections.

Just weeks before the October 2, 2022 ( first round) of Brazil’s national elections – which will include the President, the national Congress, Governors and state legislatures, and more – the country’s democratic institutions are under real duress. The final round of the 2022 elections will take place on October 30.

Former President, Ignacio Lula da Silva leads by wide margins in virtually every poll, but sitting President, Jair Bolsonaro, has openly rejected the legitimacy of any possible outcome other than his own re-election, mobilizing his followers to do the same. Worries that an anti-democratic standoff could trigger a return to military rule are widespread. So are  concerns about unfair electoral practices and even physical threats – especially against Black and Indigenous candidates, social activists, and academics who have spoken out against increasingly authoritarian practices.

Global Exchange will provide coverage of the elections in Brazil — both during the first-round on October 2, 2022 and final round on October 30, 2022. Our team will produce reports and multimedia content in English and Spanish that interested media outlets will be able to publish on their platforms. 

This work is carried out in collaboration with Peninsula 360 Press, Rompeviento TV, Brasil de Fato and Peoples Dispatch. 

Please stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.