What would you like the youth of America to know?

On behalf of President Dilma Rousseff, I am pleased to acknowledge receipt of your letter of 12/27/2014, and to inform you that the Presidential Agenda is completely taken by meetings and appointments of high interest for the entire country.

What they sent me:
At the time I wrote the letter, Brazil had their first female president, Dilma Rousseff. I did take her office's advice and looked up the president's official website, but unlike the English letter I received, all of Brazil's government websites seem to be in Portuguese only. Thank goodness for Google Chrome's automatic translation!

Brazil, spelled "Brasil" locally, is now a federal republic, but the military controlled the government for 20 years during the 20th century causing much civil unrest. A civilian government was restored in 1985, and a new democratic constituition put in place in 1988.

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Brazil is the largest country in South America and the 5th largest country in the world in both area and population. Brazil is home to more than 200 million people and the largest Roman Catholic population in the world as well as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; the 98-foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer perched on top of the Corcovado mountain is a symbol for Brazilian Christianity.

Brazil also has the biggest rain forest in the world and the most biodiversity with an estimated 4 million species of plants and animals.

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Official Name
Federative Republic of Brazil

Federal Republic

Current Leader
Michel Temer

• Temer was the Vice President to Dilma Rousseff and assumed office in August 2016 after her impeachment

• Born in São Paulo, Temer is the son of Lebanese immigrants

• Temer got a law degree from the Law School of the University of São Paulo

Previous Leader
Dilma Rousseff

• Rousseff is the first
woman president of Brazil; she was impeached and removed from office in August 2016

• When she was 23, Rousseff was jailed for her work against Brazil's military dictatorship. She was incarcerated for 3 years and reportedly tortured.

• Rousseff became interested in politics in high school when she realized "the world was not a place for débutantes."

Recommended sites
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