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Brazilian Government Does Not Have Enough Votes for Pension Reform

12/01/2017 - 10h44

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FROM SÃO PAULO
FOLHA CONTRIBUTOR

According to the opinion poll conducted by Folha from November 27 to November 30, Brazilian government does not have the required 308 votes in the lower house of congress to approve the pension reform, one of the main promises of president Michel Temer (PMDB). The poll shows that 210 congressmen intend to vote against the bill.

Only 38 congressmen said they were in favor of the bill. Eight congressmen stated to be partially favorable, seeing they do not agree with the minimum age and limit for accrued pensions. There are 44 undecided voters, 14 will follow their party's position, 97 did not reply, and 96 could not be found.

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210 congressmen intend to vote against the bill
210 congressmen intend to vote against the bill

House speaker, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), stated yesterday that "it is a long shot" for government to have the required support. The bill, shorter than the original proposal, establishes a minimum age of 65 (men) and 62 (women) for retirement.

The bill also requires 15 years of contribution for private sector workers, similar to what has been currently in force, and 25 years of contribution for public servants. The resistance against the reform is due to the elections in 2018. Congressmen are afraid of losing voters if they support unpopular measures.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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