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Will Brazil Mean Business?

If Dilma Rousseff really wants to be a better president, her cabinet shake-up is a good place to start.
How do you say "deja vu" in Portuguese?
How do you say "deja vu" in Portuguese?

In her victory speech after narrowly winning re-election to a second term Sunday, Dilma Rousseff said, "I want to be a much better president than I have been until now." That shouldn't be too hard; she has presided over an era of political division and economic stagnation. Luckily, Rousseff has two quick opportunities to show she means it.

Rousseff's margin of victory over Aecio Neves was the slimmest in three decades, and the legislature has no fewer than 28 parties in the chamber of deputies. Rousseff's governing coalition consists of nine parties. So for all her post-victory talk of conciliation, and the mostly unspecified "new ideas" that formed her campaign mantra, don't expect any sudden course changes.