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Brazilians form long lines in Portugal to vote in elections

Brasileiros votam em Portugal
Brazilians line up to vote in Lisbon, Portugal, October 2, 2022.| Photo: EFE / EPA / TIAGO PETINGA

Thousands of Brazilians, many dressed in red or green and yellow, faced long lines this Sunday in Portugal to vote for the first round of presidential elections.2022

According to data from the Foreigners and Borders (SEF), in the Iberian country live 205 a thousand Brazilian citizens – which represents a third of the population that is abroad.2022

Lisbon, with 45 thousand people, concentrates the largest share of Brazilians, followed by Porto and Faro.

The Consul General of Brazil in the Portuguese capital, Wladimir Waller, expressed satisfaction with the large presence of voters since the first hours of voting.2022

“The flow of people is quite intense, which leads us to believe that the The situation will be quite large, expressive”, said the diplomat, a few hours before the opening of the polls, according to the news agency “Lusa”.2022

As in Lisbon, in the city of Porto there were also long lines.2022

The place chosen to receive the polls in the capital was the headquarters of the Faculty of Law. Voters had to form a long queue and waited over an hour in intense heat.

The process took place calmly, without setbacks, even with the large number of people wearing colors that indicated support for the main candidates, the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, and the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Voting will remain open in Portugal until h by local time (13h of Brasília), as determined by the Superior Electoral Court of Brazil.2022

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