Center-Right Political Parties Try to Regain Leadership of The Congress Six Years after Cunha's Victory

Leader of coalition is the favorite to win this Monday inn a dispute marked by promises of amendments and positions


The centrão, a coalition of multi-partisan lawmakers that belong to center-right parties in the Congress, might take leadership of the Chamber of Deputies on Monday. The centrão was set set up by Eduardo Cunha (MDB-RJ) in 2014 and, currently, supports Jair Bolsonaro's government.

Baleia Rossi (MDB - SP) ( Foto: Luis Macedo/Câmara dos Deputados ) Arthur Lira (PP - AL) ( Foto: Michel Jesus/ Câmara dos Deputados )

Supported by the President of the Republic, Arthur Lira (PP-AL) is the favorite in the dispute. Today he is the undisputed leader of the centrão. The last centrão person to hold the position was Eduardo Cunha, the head of Congress from February 2015 to May 2016, when the Supreme Court removed him as a result of the Car Wash Operation.

His main competitor is Baleia Rossi (MDB-SP), a candidate preferred by Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), current congressional leader and today one of Bolsonaro's main opponents.

In the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-RJ) is favored. He is not part of the centrão but he has received strong support by the current president of the House, Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP). He also received sympathy and support of Bolsonaro and the centrão. His main rival is Simone Tebet (MS).

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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