This combination of two file pictures taken on Aug. 26, 2014, shows presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party, left, and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, who is seeking re-election, during a televised presidential debate in Sao Paulo, Brazil. More than a decade of Workers Party' rule has seen Brazil prioritize ties with its leftist regional neighbors. But if Rousseff fails to fight off the surging candidacy of reform-minded Silva before the October elections, South Americas largest economy could reset its focus.
This combination of two file pictures taken on Aug. 26, 2014, shows presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party, left, and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, who is seeking re-election, during a televised presidential debate in Sao Paulo, Brazil. More than a decade of Workers Party' rule has seen Brazil prioritize ties with its leftist regional neighbors. But if Rousseff fails to fight off the surging candidacy of reform-minded Silva before the October elections, South Americas largest economy could reset its focus. Nelson Antoine AP
This combination of two file pictures taken on Aug. 26, 2014, shows presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party, left, and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, who is seeking re-election, during a televised presidential debate in Sao Paulo, Brazil. More than a decade of Workers Party' rule has seen Brazil prioritize ties with its leftist regional neighbors. But if Rousseff fails to fight off the surging candidacy of reform-minded Silva before the October elections, South Americas largest economy could reset its focus. Nelson Antoine AP

Andres Oppenheimer: Brazilian election could help end country’s ‘paralysis’

September 17, 2014 8:00 AM

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Andres Oppenheimer

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Andres Oppenheimer is a syndicated columnist, and anchor of the TV Show "Oppenheimer Presenta." He is a member of the Miami Herald team that won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize.