Brazil Politics - Intro2010
By Amelia Meyer
Despite having endured centuries of political unrest and discrimination, even slavery, Brazil now enjoys the political rule of a democratic government. This type of rulership means that those in power are elected by the residents of the country, who will vote in formal elections for one of a number of different parties. This gives each individual that is of a voting age an equal opportunity to affect his or her own country.
At present, voting is compulsory for all Brazilian residents that are literate and between the ages of 18 and 69 years. Anyone that is 16, 17 or over 69 years of age, or is illiterate can choose to vote, but is not under obligation to do so. The government of Brazil is divided into the 1) executive branch, 2) legislative branch and 3) judicial branch. There are 27 states and more than 5 500 individual municipalities, each of which is run by a mayor.