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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The 2014 Brazilian elections are done and dusted: Marina Silva will be the next President of Brazil. Four crucial things happened last week: (1) both IBOPE and DataFolha polls showed her winning a run-off election against Dilma; (2) she came across as a very decided person in the first televised debate; (3) she announced a quite reasonable economic plan, emphasizing environmental alternatives; and (4) Brazil formally entered a recession after two successive quarters showed GDP contracting.

Analysts have attributed her dramatic rise in popularity to her appeal to: (1) disaffected voters . . .

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