Brazil is vast, a continent within a continent, with a land mass equal to the USA. It is a country of stunning contrasts. The sheer beauty of the Amazon exists alongside the grim poverty which is palpable everywhere, and which sharply contrasts with the urban behemoth of São Paulo.

The final result of the first round of the Brazilian elections was a terrible shock for Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, the candidate of the Workers’ Party (PT). Lula, the PT and polling organisations together with almost of the press and media were expecting a clear cut victory for Lula on the first round.

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