African presidents react to Lula da Silva’s emergence as Brazil president

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A number of African leaders have reacted to political events in South America, where Brazilians have elected a new president.

Former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, the left-wing politician staged a comeback to the presidency beating incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, winning by less than two percent.

Lula won with 50.9 percent to Bolsonaro’s 49.1 percent, as supporters of right-wing Bolsonaro stood by in shock.

Political veteran Lula served two terms as president in 2003 to 2010, and was credited with lifting 30 million Brazilians out of poverty during his tenure.

Among African leaders who have reacted are:

Kenya’s William Ruto

Hage Geingob of Namibia

Macky Sall of Senegal who is also Chairman of the African Union

Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

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