Leader of Center-Right Political Parties Is Elected Congressional Leader with Help of Bolsonaro

The return to work in the National Congress this Monday (1st) was marked by the election of the head of the House and the Senate

During the afternoon, the Senate elected Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG) as its leader and Arthur Lira (PP-AL) was elected president of the House. Both names were favorites in the contests and had the support of President Jair Bolsonaro (no party).

Congressman Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ) will step down from the post he has held since July 2016.

In the House, Lira (PP-AL), leader of the center-right, defeated Maia's would-be successor, Baleia Rossi (MDB-SP) by 302 to 145.

BRASILIA, DF, BRASIL, 01-02-2021: Arthur Lira (PP-AL), leader of center-right political parties is elected congressional leader. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

Pacheco, supported by Alcolumbre and Bolsonaro, was the favorite and beat Simone Tebet (MDB-MS) by 57 to 21.

Congressman Arthur Lira (PP-AL), recently elected Congressional leader, made his first speech preaching conciliation with opponents in the dispute—a speech indirectly to the now ex-leader of the House, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ).

Lira said that he would start his mandate with humility and promised absolute dedication to the position.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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