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Brazil’s new constitution, intended to consolidate the country’s return to democracy, went into effect. The charter, which replaces one imposed by the military dictatorship that held power from 1964-85, slightly trims the power of the president and increases the role of Congress. It bars censorship and torture, gives the vote to 16-year-olds and introduces some controversial economic reforms, notably a 12% limit on annual interest rates.


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