Brazil’s Social Welfare Reform Passes First Round Hurdle With 379 Votes

The margin of victory astonished all, and Rodrigo Maia stressed the importance of the "Centrão"; the text still needs to be passed in the second round of voting by the Chamber and by the full Senate.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Social Welfare reform was passed in the first round of voting by the full Chamber of Deputies, with 379 votes in favor, 131 against and no abstentions, on Wednesday night, July 10th.

Approval was expected, although the margin of success was surprising. As it was a constitutional amendment, the minimum requirement was 308 votes, and the government hoped to achieve up to 355 votes, said earlier today the . . .

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