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Brazil: Decree Changes Orthography in Brazil

(Oct. 6, 2008) On September 29, 2008, Brazil's President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, signed Decree No. 6583, which promulgates the Orthographic Agreement of the Portuguese Language, previously signed in Lisbon on December 16, 1990, by Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé e Príncipe. According to the Agreement, the letters 'K', 'W,' and 'Y' will be reintroduced into the alphabet and a few grammatical rules will also change. The decree enters into force in January 2009 and will have a three-year transitional period for its implementation. (Lula Assina Decreto para Implantação do Acordo Ortográfico, O GLOBO ONLINE, Sept. 29, 2008, available at