VIDEO | The Brazilian Congress broke the record for changes to the country’s Constitution

Never before Brazil had so many parliamentary amendments approved in such a short period due to a “boosted" Centrão

Translated by: Ana Paula Rocha

São Paulo |
The number of changes is a record for an electoral year - AFP

Since the beginning of this year, Brazil’s National Congress made eleven changes in the Constitution feasible. Among them, there are changes whose obvious goal is helping to reelect president Jair Bolsonaro.  

For Culture Talk this week we will visit the town of Arcoverde, Pernambuco state, where samba de coco is a cultural tradition that dates back to the slavery time. The Calixto family is one of the responsible for keeping the legacy alive and passing it on to new generations.   


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Edited by: Flávia Chacon