Brazil, Media and the Political System

Brazil is a federation with 26 states and one federal district. The executive government is headed by the president, who is elected by popular vote every 4 years and can be reelected once. At the state and local level, the governor, the mayor, and the local representatives are elected by popular vote every 4 years along with the chamber of deputies. In addition, the senators are elected by popular vote every 8 years. In the past, Election Day was always considered a holiday. The first round would be held on October 3, and the runoff, when necessary, would be held on November 15. As of 1998, first-round elections are held on the first Sunday of October, and the runoff is held on the last Sunday ...

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