Despite this, thousands of Bolsonaro’s supporters have taken to the streets to protest the election of President Lula da Silva. On Sunday, the protests escalated when a group of supporters stormed the Supreme Court, the Congress building and the presidential palace in Brasília.
The incident has sparked a debate over the state of democracy in Brazil. President Lula has condemned the protesters, accusing them of being "fanatical Nazis, fanatical Stalinists and fanatical fascists". The government has fired the capital's head of public security, Anderson Torres, and vowed to find and punish those responsible for the storming.
The incident has highlighted the rift between those who support the legitimacy of the election and those who oppose it. It has also brought into sharp focus the continuing debate over the role of the military in Brazil's political system. In the coming weeks and months, it will be interesting to see how the government responds to the protests, and how the debate over the election and its legitimacy develops.