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Bolsonaro breaks silence but doesn’t explicitly grant

President Jair Bolsonaro broke with political tradition by not immediately conceding his defeat to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Sunday, after the tightest runoff election in Brazilian democratic history. After a years-long crusade to delegitimize the electoral system and threats to overthrow the election if the results didn’t go his way, he waited 43 hours before speaking to the nation.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Bolsonaro delivered a two-minute speech from the presidential residence in which he failed to congratulate Lula or explicitly concedes. He did not even mention the president-elect by name.

Mr. Bolsonaro began his televised…

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