Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro does not concede election | USA TODAY #Shorts

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro refused to concede his election loss in his first comments since election day, but his chief of staff told reporters he has been authorized to begin the transition process.

RELATED: Lula da Silva defeats Bolsonaro in Brazilian presidential runoff

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has done it again: Twenty years after first winning the Brazilian presidency, the leftist defeated incumbent Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday in an extremely tight election that marks an about-face for the country after four years of far-right politics.

With more than 99% of the votes tallied in the runoff vote, da Silva had 50.9% and Bolsonaro 49.1%, and the election authority said da Silva’s victory was a mathematical certainty.

It is a stunning reversal for da Silva, 77, whose 2018 imprisonment over a corruption scandal sidelined him from the 2018 election that brought Bolsonaro, a defender of conservative social values, to power.

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