Brazil’s New Congress Starts Friday Already with Controversial Issues

Among the issues to be discussed and voted by both houses is the government’s proposal for the social security reform.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Friday, February 1st, Brazil’s Congress will resume legislative activities after the end-of-year break with one of the highest rates of new members since the country’s return to democracy in 1989. Among the first issues this new Congress will have to discuss is the social security reform.

"There was a big renovation,” Vice-President Hamilton Mourāo told journalists on Wednesday.

“We believe that the strength of the new legislators will favor the understanding by Congress of the responsibilities that it has before Brazil,” concluded the . . .

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