The right wing will control Congress and the Senate in Brazil

Conservatives have strengthened their presence in both chambers of the National Congress. The country's presidency (Lula v. Bolsonaro) will be decided on the 30th.

Brazil's next president, who will be elected following the second round of elections after Sunday's close results, will govern with a clearly conservative National Congress.

Jair Bolsonaro's Liberal Party (PL) won the largest representation in the Chamber of Deputies, with 99 seats. The Brazilian Congress has 513 representatives and to the almost one hundred seats won by Bolsonaro are added numerous representatives of conservative tendencies that will allow the right wing achieve a majority in the House. The same occurred in the Senate, where one third of the seats were up for renewal (27 of 81 seats) and the Liberal Party won 13 to the Workers' Party's 9. Jair Bolsonaro expressed his satisfaction with these results.

Against everything and everyone, we had in the 1st round of 2022 a more expressive vote than we had in 2018. There were almost 2 million more votes! We also elected the largest benches in the House and Senate, which was our highest priority at this early stage.

Bolsonaro's men and women arrive at the National Congress

The right wing managed to get some of the most representative figures of Bolsonaro's government into the Chamber of Deputies in Brasília, such as former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello and former Environment Minister Ricardo Salles.

Also elected to the Senate are several former ministers of Jair Bolsonaro, such as former Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina da Costa; evangelical pastor Damares Alves, former Minister for Women, Family and Human Rights; former Science Minister Marcos Pontes; former Vice President Antônio Hamilton Mourão; and former Justice Minister Sérgio Moro, who was the judge who convicted Lula da Silva, Bolsonaro's rival and representative of the Workers' Party, for corruption.

In the gubernatorial elections, the right also emerged victorious. Of Brazil's twenty-seven states, eleven will be in the hands of the right and in only three did Lula da Silva's Workers' Party emerge victorious. The rest will have to be defined in the second electoral round.

Brazil's new president to be elected in run-off election

The result of the Brazilian presidential elections was closer than predicted by the polls and the media, which predicted the winner to be the leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. However, the former president did not obtain the 50% of the votes required for victory and the electoral contest will be decided in a second round on the 30th.

Lula da Silva, Brazil's president from 2003 to 2010, was the most voted candidate, with 48.4% of the ballots (57.2 million votes), followed by the current president, the right-wing Jair Bolsonaro, who obtained results well above those expected by almost all polls: 43.2% and 51 million votes. At an abysmal distance from Da Silva and Bolsonaro were the centrist Simone Tebet (4%) and the leftist Ciro Gomes (3%).