The federal deputies and senators who take office this Wednesday will slightly expand the bases loyal to Jair Bolsonaro (PL) and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) in Parliament, but, in general, they will maintain the configuration of the last legislature, with a conservative majority. .
With this, the President of the Republic has tried to build his support base by distributing ministries and second-tier positions to center and right-wing parties. The first wave included PSD, MDB and União Brasil, which occupied 9 of the 37 ministries, but Lula will also have to advance on Bolsonaro’s center (PP, PL and Republicans).
If all parliamentarians from the left and from the three center and right parties attracted supported the president, he would have 287 seats in the House and 47 in the Senate. The number guarantees a majority, but it is insufficient to approve reforms to the Constitution (308 and 49, respectively).
The first real tests of Lula’s base in Parliament will take place this Wednesday, with the election of the presidencies of the Chamber and the Senate, especially the last one, in which Pacheco, supported by Lula, is running for re-election against the Bolsonaro Rogério Marinho (PL-RN).). Senator Rogério Carvalho (PT-SE) affirms that the score for the presidency of the Senate is not the same as the score for support for the government, and that senators who vote for Marinho will not necessarily be in opposition. “It is not the vote for president that indicates who will or will not be the governing base. That is not what defines it. The election is a much more restricted space. It is the direction of the Legislative Power,” he explains. As soon as the legislative year begins, this Thursday (2), other litmus tests will come.
Translated by AZAHARA MARTIN ORTEGA
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