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Chief Justice Carmen Lúcia stresses the importance of citizens' participation in democracy

The Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Justice Carmen Lúcia, spoke up, on Monday (13), at the opening of the seminar "Democracy and elections: contemporary challenges", for the importance of citizens in building the Democratic State of Law. "If all the Brazilian citizens understood the strength they have, participation would be much more effective than it already is", she said. The event is an achievement of the Uniceub Institute of Citizenship.

The Chief Justice pointed out that the single paragraph of Article 1 of the Federal Constitution provides that all power emanates from the people, which can exercise it directly or through elected representatives. "The Constitution is law and must be fulfilled. The citizen has the responsibility to participate. Each of us makes a difference. Democracy is built, learned and relearned. Brazil is destined to be a just, free and equal nation", she said.

The panel of the seminar held on Monday morning was facilitated by the STF's Justice and President of the Uniceub Institute for Citizenship, Marco Aurélio, and was also attended by Tarcisio Vieira de Carvalho Neto, Justice of the Electoral Superior Court (TSE).

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