Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — A second debate between Brazil’s top presidential candidates on national TV on Monday showed the race for the presidency is now one to be fought between incumbent president Dilma Rousseff and environmentalist Marina Silva, according to a key political analyst.

Broadcast on the public SBT television channel, Brazil’s seven top presidential candidates took each other to task over hot-button topics in a debate dominated by the economy.

Previously seen as a battle between Rousseff and former Minas Gerais governor Aécio Neves, Monday’s debate appeared to mark a turning-point in the race, recently upended by the dramatic entry of Silva, a former senator and environment minister, as a presidential candidate.

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