Congress Attempts to Limit Bolsonaro's Power with Its Own Package of Measures

President Jair Bolsonaro's administration is seen as ineffective


Party leaders in Congress recently released a package of measures that would attempt to limit the power of president Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), who they see as ineffective. 

'Folha's research with congress members shows that many think that Bolsonaro has not demonstrated a high capacity to govern. 

Deputy Arthur Lira, (PI), leader of the PP in the Chamber, talks to the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ). (Photo: Pedro Ladeira / Folhapress) - Folhapress

In addition to accelerated talks about impeachment, there is also dissatisfaction in the business and finance world. This has pushed Congress members to take the lead on tax and social security reforms. 

"It will be necessary to ignore 'Bolsonaro's administration, there is no other way," said deputy Elmar Nascimento (BA), leader of DEM in the chamber. 

The party leads two committees in Congress, and it plans to use this power, along with other "centrist" parties to push three priorities:  The tax budget bill, a bill to limit the number of provisional measures and the adoption, when necessary, of legislative decrees to stop the presidential ones.

There are also two proposals for 2022 that would further limit the president's power-- "semipresidentialism" and "semiparlamentarism." Within ''semipresidentialism" the president would share power with cabinet ministers. With semiparlamentarism, the president shares executive power with Congress.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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