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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After almost four hours of debate, the Senate approved, in the first round, the basic text of the proposed the Constitutional amendment (PEC) reforming the welfare system.

At 10:51 PM, the president of the Senate, Davi Alcolumbre, announced the result: 56 votes in favor, 19 against and no abstention. It took 49 votes, the equivalent to three-fifths of the senators plus one, to approve the text.

Alcolumbre intended to complete the processing of the basic text and its amendments by 10 PM. However, the number of senators who signed up to speak, mostly from . . .

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