The face of power in Brazil is becoming ever more diverse. The top two candidates in Brazil’s presidential race on Sunday are both leftists and women, one of whom is black. They are President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party and Afro-Brazilian environmentalist Marina Silva. The private sector’s preferred candidate, a white man from Brazil’s once-dominant center-right party, trails in the polls.
If Rousseff and Silva go head-to-head in a run-off, as expected, voters will choose between competing progressive agendas. This would leave the country’s business community without a serious contender for the first time since the country’s transition to democracy in 1985.