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Temer insists with a vote in Congress on pensions' reform next October

Thursday, March 15th 2018 - 09:20 UTC
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In February, Temer decided the federal intervention of Rio de Janeiro state giving the army control over police, fire departments and the prison system in the region. In February, Temer decided the federal intervention of Rio de Janeiro state giving the army control over police, fire departments and the prison system in the region.

Brazilian President Michel Temer said that he could lift the federal military intervention in Rio de Janeiro state by October to allow for a pension reform vote in Congress.

“Until September, October, I can stop the intervention. The idea is to have the months of September, October to vote the pension reform,” Temer said during the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Latin America, which is taking place in Sao Paulo.

In February, Temer decided in favor of federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro state security, giving the army control over police, fire departments and the prison system in the region.

The decision acted as a hurdle to a House of Representatives floor vote on the pension system reform because constitutional changes are forbidden during intervention periods.

“There was a moment when I clearly realized that it would be difficult to vote the pension reform while managing and examining the agenda of certain administrative issues. One of these issues was the public security in Rio, and the pension reform temporarily left the legislative agenda but did not leave the country's agenda,” Temer said.

However the first round of presidential and legislative elections in Brazil are scheduled for next 7 October and the runoff 28 October. The vote thus could take place in November before the new congress and president takes office on January first.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Enrique Massot

    So disingenuous of Michel Temer. He apparently believes he'll be able to tame the public opinion in six months.

    How much more intimidation and how many more Marielle Francos until October?

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 07:13 pm 0
  • DemonTree

    You have an odd idea about what will 'tame' public opinion. More murders in Rio will surely make him less likely to end the military involvement. The disingenuous part is holding a vote on the pensions just before the new government takes over, instead of waiting a month so the voters can have their say.

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 09:22 pm 0
  • :o))

    @DT:

    REF: “voters can have their say”:

    It's NOT the voters but the POLITICIANS are basically AGAINST the Pensions-Reform.

    The Voters - The Masses - don't even know what the Pensions-Reform is all about and neither do they care [even the politically “Organized Protests” ARE missing]

    @EM:

    REF: “How many more Marielle Francos until October?”:

    The momentary Mass-Anger against the violence is predictable. So is the Short-Lived Mass-Memory!

    So don't bank on the disappearance of violence - neither overnight, nor on a Long-Term Basis. It's because of the crime - predominantly Drugs Related Crime - & the equally deep-rooted corruption are CLOSELY Inter-Linked.

    Mar 17th, 2018 - 10:47 am 0
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