As Election Tightens, Brazil Seeks a President—but Also Its Way

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff flanked by Workers Party Sao Paulo gubernatorial candidate Alexandre Padilha waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Santos, Brazil, Sept. 30, 2014 (AP photo by Andre Penner).
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff flanked by Workers Party Sao Paulo gubernatorial candidate Alexandre Padilha waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Santos, Brazil, Sept. 30, 2014 (AP photo by Andre Penner).

Elections matter, and October’s presidential election in Brazil matters a lot. That’s because the country faces some difficult near-term choices on the economy and foreign policy, and the path that Brazil’s next president takes will have broad implications not just for the Brazilian people, but for Latin America and the United States. For most of this year, incumbent president Dilma Rousseff figured to be re-elected with relative ease. Having successfully hosted the World Cup soccer tournament in July and maneuvered through the street protests and riots that shook Brazil in 2013—and as the political heir of her predecessor, highly popular […]

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