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Brazil press looks to future
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva celebrates his election victory
President Lula won more than 60% of the vote

Leading newspapers in Brazil welcome the re-election of incumbent President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and focus on his pledge to push ahead with political and economic reforms.

A report in O Globo quotes top analysts as calling for the speedy introduction of reforms as a way of raising living standards for the tens of millions of Brazilians who still live in poverty.

Tadeu Monteiro, president of the Brazilian Social Research Institute, says the beginning of Lula's second term in office is the best time to implement the reforms.

We need reform - that is fundamental
Commentator in O Globo

"It is important to make the most of the call for reform. We need reform - that is fundamental," says Mr Monteiro.

O Globo quotes Rogerio Schmitt of Tendencias Consultoria as saying that "next year will bring the biggest window of opportunity to approve the tax and other reforms.

"The beginning of a new mandate is seen as the best time, not just because the president has just been re-elected but also because the next elections are a long way away."

'Why Lula won'

Jornal do Comercio says that the president called on his adversaries "to join the new government to ensure vigorous economic growth and the implementation of reforms the nation is demanding".

It publishes a front-page banner headline with the word "Victory" under a picture of a waving president.

Folha de Sao Paulo carries a headline "Why Lula won."

Brazil is mostly a country of poor people - and the poor have felt less poor
O Folha de Sao Paulo

"Lula won for a simple reason: he managed to link his humble beginnings in the north-east with the social progress of the four years of his mandate, creating a strong identification with voters, most of them poor.

"The figures show that in the last four years, the poorer enjoyed a clear increase in their income. Whether this is sustainable is another matter. Brazil is mostly a country of poor people - and the poor have felt less poor."

According to a report in Jornal do Brasil: "Lula said Brazil would grow more in the second term, but the poor would continue to be a priority."

The paper also appears impressed that "the president gave the first sign he wishes to improve his relationship with the media".

"Lula did not give many collective interviews in the first mandate, which led to many complaints among journalists."

Estado de Sao Paulo describes the elections as "one of the most peaceful since the return of democracy".

Folha de Sao Paulo also looks ahead to the 2010 elections, for which Lula will be ineligible, but believes he will be in a powerful position to influence the outcome "if he does a good job in his second mandate".

"Lula's succession is already at the centre of every major party's tactics," it writes.

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