Brazil 's Government As A Presidential And Federative Republic

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Government Composition
Brazil’s government is classified a presidential and federative republic with traits of both federalism and democracy (Brazil - Structure of Government, 2016). Brazil is broken up into states, but still has a federal government that oversees the entire country. In Brazil voting is mandatory for all literate citizens from ages 18 to 69. Anyone who is illiterate, between 16 and 17, or older than 69 years of age can choose to vote, but is not required to do so (Brazil Politics - Intro, 2016). In comparison, within the United States voting is optional for all individuals over the age of 18 and registered to vote.
A main difference between the election process of Brazil and the United States lies in the party system. In Brazil there are multiple parties that a voter can choose to elect an official from, while in the United States there are two parties that dominate the political spectrum. In Brazil the main current political parties are the Worker’s Party (PT), Party of Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB), Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), the Liberal Front Party (PFL), and Democrats (DEM). While these parties lead the elections, there are 32 parties total that are registered. Currently, Dilma Rousseff is serving her second term as president who was elected as the Worker’s Party candidate. She is the fourth consecutive Worker’s Party candidate to win presidency (Brazil: Political Parties, 2015). Similarly to the…

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