Bolsonaro's Conservative Projects Fail to Gain Steam in Congress

Leader of Congress says economy will be a priority, and there is no deadline for conservative bias projects

Ranier Bragon

It is unlikely that Jair Bolsonaro's conservative customs agenda will gain steam in Congress anytime soon.

Projects like the School without a Party and those that tighten abortion bans that have taken shape in the past legislature are dormant in the eight months of the new federal government.

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a parade celebrating the country's Independence Day in Brasilia, Brazil, September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo - REUTERS

Folha spoke with Bolsonaro allies and leaders of centrist and opposition parties. The diagnosis is similar. For them, there is no chance that the package of conservative proposals will move significantly in 2019. "The priority is the economic agenda, and it will be for a long time even by the crisis that Brazil lives to this day," said the leader, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ).

In addition to the House and Senate commands being more central, the lack of political articulation of Planalto, which did not form a majority base in Congress, and the positioning of the Judiciary summit in defense of minorities, contribute to the scenario.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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