The presidents of the Senate and Deputies of Brazil were re-elected with the support of Lula despite his closeness to Bolsonarismo

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Rodrigo Pacheco will continue to lead the Upper House of Congress while Deputy Arthur Lira will continue to lead the Lower House. The support of the Brazilian president shows his willingness to get closer to the center and the center-right

The presidents of the Brazilian Senate and Deputies were re-elected with Lula's support despite their closeness to bolsonarism

The Brazilian Congress (EFE/Joédson Alves)

The president of the Brazilian Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, was re-elected this Wednesday for a new two-year term in a vote in which he had the support of the Head of State, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, and in which he defeated the candidate supported by the former president Jair Bolsonaro.

Pacheco, a senator for the conservative Social Democratic Party (PSD), was re-elected with 49 votes of among the 81 members of the Senate, against the 32 votes obtained by Rogério Marinho, a legislator from the far-right Liberal Party (PL) who received public support from Bolsonaro.

Lula decided to support Pacheco to prevent the victory of a Bolsonaro member and, to guarantee his victory, he even asked his senator-mandated ministers to retake the seats for the vote.

According to the Minister of Institutional Relations, Alexandre Padilha, the progressive leader also opened negotiations with center-right parties, to whom he offered positions in the second echelon of the Government, to reinforce Pacheco's aspirations and support for the Executive's initiatives in Parliament.

In the speech he gave in the plenary session of the Senate before the vote, Pacheco recalled that during the Bolsonaro government he had a collaborative relationship with the government and defended the measures of interest to the Executive.

The presidents of the Brazilian Senate and Deputies were re-elected with Lula's support despite their closeness to bolsonarismo

Rodrigo Pacheco, president of the Senate, listens to Lula da Silva after being sworn in as president (REUTERS/Jacqueline Lisboa)

He stated that he supported measures that interested the far-right leader in his re-election campaign, such as the increase in subsidies for the poor and the elimination of fuel taxes.

Pacheco was elected president of the Senate in January 2021 with the support of Bolsonaro, and, despite his support for the government's initiatives, throughout his tenure he moved away from the far-right leader. p>

The president of the Senate was one of the first to recognize Lula's victory in the presidential elections in October and to condemn the assault on the headquarters of the three powerson January 8, with which thousands of Bolsonaristas tried to force a coup against the progressive leader.

In his re-election campaign, he came to present himself as a guarantee of defense of democracy against the Bolsonaro, making him the target of criticism from former allies, such as Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, son of the former president.

Pacheco, 46 Born in the Amazonian state of Rondonia, he is a senator for the state of Minas Gerais, where he has lived since childhood and where he trained as a criminal lawyer.

After holding positions in the Brazilian Bar Association, he began his political career in 2014, when he was elected deputy federal government, and was one of the parliamentarians who voted for the removal of then President Dilma Rousseff, Lula's successor in the Presidency.

As president of the Senate, he is responsible for placing the different bills, including those of interest to the Government, to a vote or waiting in line.

The presidents of the Brazilian Senate and Deputies were re-elected with the support of Lula despite his closeness to Bolsonarismo

Arthur Lira (REUTERS/Adriano Machado )

The Chamber of Deputies

Deputy Arthur Lira, who became an important ally of Jair Bolsonaro during the government of the leader far-right, he was re-elected for a new two-year term as president of the Lower House of Brazil, with a record vote and the support of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Lira, deputy for the right-wing Progressive Party (PP), one of the formations that supported the Bolsonaro government, he was re-elected with 464 votes out of 513 members of the Chamber of Deputies after having won the support of 21 of the 23 parties with parliamentary representation, from the left to the extreme right.

The head of the Lower House easily prevailed over the other two candidates: the leftist Chico Alencar, from the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL) who obtained 21 votes; and the liberal Marcel Van Hattem, from the Novo party and who received 19 votes.

Despite the fact that he was an important ally of Bolsonaro and refused to put the nearly 140 petitions to a vote of impeachment against the far-right leader received by Parliament, Lira had the explicit support of Lula in the election of the leaders of Congress.

The progressive leader not only asked the parties of his pro-government alliance to support the re-election of the conservative legislator, but also determined that his ministers with a parliamentary mandate provisionally resume their seats to reinforce Lira's campaign.

The presidents of the Brazilian Senate and Deputies were re-elected with the support of Lula despite their closeness to bolsonarism < /p>Arthur Lira was an important ally of Bolsonaro (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/Archive)

The deputy for the impoverished state of Alagoas had distanced himself from Bolsonaro in recent months and not only was one of the first to recognize Lula's victory in the October presidential elections as to condemn the assault on the headquarters of the three powers on January 8 with which he thousands of Bolsonaristas tried to force a coup against the progressive leader.

In addition, it played an important role in the negotiations that allowed the Chamber of Deputies to approve bills of interest to the then president-elect last year, such as the one that guaranteed resources for subsidies to the poorest and the one who raised the minimum wage.

The re-elected president of the Deputies has also already announced that he will give priority to voting on projects of interest to the Governmentin the legislative year that began this Tuesday, such as the tax reform and the creation of a new mechanism to guarantee control of the fiscal deficit.

Despite the rapprochement between the head of state and the President of the lower house, Lira's party remains among those in opposition to the current government.

The most radical left does not trust< /b> in the support promised by Lira to the Government, since the 53-year-old deputy born in the city of Maceió has been characterized by supporting governments regardless of their ideology since, they denounce, they reward him with budget items for their projects of interest.

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(With information from EFE)

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