Breaking with The Spending Ceiling Could Lead to Bolsonaro's Impeachment, Says Guedes

Economy Minister stated that he will fight with ministers who want to circumvent the limitation of public spending


Minister Paulo Guedes (Economy) said on Tuesday (11) that if President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) listens to "advisers" who defend breaking the spending ceiling, he may end up in the "shadow zone" of impeachment.

Guedes made the statements in an interview in which he admitted that there was a decampment in his economic team, following a meeting with the Mayor, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), and with the leader of the PP in the House, deputy Arthur Lira (AL ).

Economy Minister, Paulo Guedes (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

In recent weeks, there has been more advocacy to relax the spending ceiling to accommodate an increase in public investments, among them in Renda Brasil, a social program with which the government wants to replace Bolsa Família.

With the extension of the state of calamity in the country, the government would be released from meeting the ceiling on public spending in 2021 as well.

On Tuesday, Guedes ruled out any support from the Ministry of Economy for attempts to break the spending ceiling, limiting public spending to inflation.

"If there is a minister with a ceiling, I will fight with the minister with a ceiling," said Guedes. Behind the scenes, the Minister of Economy has come into friction with the head of Regional Development, Rogério Marinho, who defends an increase in public spending.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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