Now Lula Has to Prove His Pro-Democracy Credentials Outside Brazil

Now Lula Has to Prove His Pro-Democracy Credentials Outside Brazil
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves to supporters after he defeated incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in a presidential run-off election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 30, 2022 (AP photo by Andre Penner).

Given the threat that Jair Bolsonaro represented to the democracy of Latin America’s largest country, the whole region should feel some relief that Lula da Silva defeated him in Brazil’s presidential election. And yet, there are many pro-democracy activists in Latin America for whom Lula returning to office is a cause for anxiety.

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