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Brazil is a Democracy, according to UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme announced today the release of a Report called "La Democracia en America Latina" (in Spanish only). Click here to visit the UNDP's page about the report; the contents of the report were not made public.

According to O Globo newspaper, the Study graded countries in Latin America according to their Index of Electoral Democracy - IDE (Indice de Democracia Eleitoral). On a scale going from 0 to 1 (maximum freedom), Brazil was given maximum grade; out of the eighteen countries observed, five had maximum grade: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and Uruguay; the country with the lowest grade was Colombia, with 0.57.
The agregated index for Latin America has been showing expressive improvement over the years: in 1977, the index was 0.27; in 1985, it was 0.69; in 1990, it had grown to 0.86. In 2002, the average index of all countries was 0.93.
The survey interviewed 19 thousand citizens and 231 political leaders.
Click the link to access the Globo's article about the Study (quick registration required).

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