Opinion: The Curmudgeon on the Final Round

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Sunday 105 million Brazilian voters went to polling stations and cast valid ballots for President for the second time this month. The turnout was some five million short of that of the first round, but that’s typical in Brazil — many people voted in the first round for a candidate who did not make it into the second round, so they decided not to vote for either of the front runners.

This year’s election campaign was truly depressing, starting with the “deconstruction” of Marina Silva, carried out by both Dilma and . . .

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