Brazil's House of Representatives Approves Minimum Retirement Age in Pension Reform Bill

Party leaders did not cite president Jair Bolsonaro in their speeches


In a push led by the Congress leader Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), Brazil's Congress approved on Wednesday (10) the basic text of the Social Security reform, one of the priorities of the government.

The proposal sets the minimum retirement age of 65, if male, and 62, if female, to private sector workers and federal employees. Who is active has the right to a transition.

There were 379 votes in favor - 71 more than the minimum required; 131 voted against it. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

The support was higher than that obtained by then President Lula in 2003 with his reform (358 deputies).

Bolsonaro's failure to negotiate reform led Maia to become a leading player in the project. In the speeches of the party leaders, Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) was hardly quoted.

In a tongue-in-cheek speech that referenced the government's attacks on Congress, the House president said that the members of the center, "this evil thing," were crucial for the text's approval.

The House still votes in the second round of the bill, and then it goes to the Senate.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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