Bolsonaro does not concede defeat in first remarks since Brazilian election – but agrees to transition of power | World News


Jair Bolsonaro has avoided conceding defeat in his first remarks since losing his bid for re-election – but an aide said he would begin the transition of power.

The outgoing Brazilian president was beaten by his left-wing rival, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in the run-off on Sunday.

In the closest contest since Brazil returned to democracy in 1985, Mr da Silva won 50.9% to Mr Bolsonaro’s 49.1%.

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Mr Bolsonaro did not directly concede defeat or congratulate his rival, but his chief of staff, Ciro Nogueira, said they would begin the process of a transition to Mr da Silva’s government.

A far-right politician often described as Brazil’s Donald Trump, Mr Bolsonaro had not spoken until now.

In a brief address from the presidential palace, he thanked his supporters and said he will “continue to follow the constitution”.


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