History, The Da Silva Presidency
term limits, Cardoso, social reforms, Eakin, presidential election
In the 2002 presidential election, Cardoso could not run for reelection because of term limits. The Workers’ Party candidate Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, widely known as Lula, won the election. He was the first working-class president to be elected in Brazil; the nation’s presidents have traditionally come from the military or a small, wealthy elite. Da Silva was also the first leftist candidate to be elected president in Brazil. During his campaign, da Silva promised to institute social reforms for the poor and working class, to create more jobs, and to raise salaries.
The history section of this article was contributed by Marshall C. Eakin. The remainder of the article was contributed by John Philip Dickenson.
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