Brazil po­lit­i­cal re­form

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

AF­TER years of cri­sis that saw some of Brazil’s high­est elected of­fi­cials ousted, im­pris­oned or charged, the coun­try’s congress is now dis­cussing ways to fix a deeply dis­cred­ited po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

So far, one of the few pro­pos­als most law­mak­ers agree upon is the need for more pub­lic money to fund elec­tion cam­paigns. In­deed, a con­gres­sional com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day be­gins de­bat­ing an elec­tion fund worth 3.6 bil­lion reais (R16bn). Other ideas in­clude re­vamp­ing elec­toral districts and pro­hibit­ing party coali­tions in leg­isla­tive elec­tions.

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