BY KEITH ROSENN–Brazil’s current Constitution was adopted in 1988 as a reaction
to 21 years of military dictatorship in which constitutional
rights were widely disrespected. The 1988 Constitution began as
a complex, detailed, and programmatic charter with 245 articles
and 70 transitional articles. The original version of the Constitution
contained serious defects in both design and drafting that
presented serious problems of governability. Since 1992, the Constitution
has been amended 83 times. Read More.