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Brazil enacts 20 per cent quotas for blacks in federal jobs

Published on Jun 10, 2014 9:31 AM

BRASiLIA (AFP) - Brazil approved a law on Monday creating 20 percent quotas for mixed race and black Brazilians in government jobs, in a country where more than half of the population has African roots.

"We have started this change in the racial composition of public officials in the federal administration so it will be more representative of the Brazilian population," said President Dilma Rousseff during a ceremony for the enactment of the law.

"This is only the beginning. We hope this law will serve as an example for the adoption of similar measures in government branches and private businesses and organizations," Rousseff said at the ceremony.

The quotas expire in 10 years and applies to federal agencies and foundations as well as state-controlled companies like oil giant Petrobras and banks like Caixa Economica Federal and Banco de Brasil.

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