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Soup Kitchens and Soaring Deficits Hang Over Fraught Brazil Election

  • October poll could result in far-right or far-left victory
  • With 90 percent budget mandated by law, very few options ahead
Demonstrators wave a Brazilian flag.
Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

In Brazil’s capital, a well-known rodizio -- an all-you-can-eat steakhouse -- offers a steep discount for choosing only one type of meat; at an upscale Italian eatery, you can now pay for lunch in installments; at a soup kitchen, shop owners join the homeless for a free meal.

Faced with fewer customers, restaurants are dropping their prices for the first time in 13 years.