© Reuters. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro waits for Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo prior to a meeting at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro believes Congress will approve his cornerstone pension reform bill in the 1st half of this year, nearby media reported him as saying to journalists at a meeting in Brasilia on Wednesday.

Bolsonaro’s bill, which will boost the minimum retirement age for guys and females and aims to save about 1.two trillion reais ($314 billion) more than the subsequent decade, was presented to Congress on Feb. 20.

Bolsonaro stated he did not feel that approval in each homes in the 1st half of 2019 was as well ambitious. Passage in the Senate would be somewhat quick due to the fact numerous senators had been conscious of the significance of overhauling the pension method and the opposition Workers Celebration would in all probability back it as well, Globo reported him as saying.

Bolsonaro also told journalists that he had personally reached out to lawmakers, Correio Braziliense reported.

On Tuesday, Rogerio Marinho, secretary of social safety and labor at the Economy Ministry, told Reuters that the bill was nonetheless on track for voting in the reduced residence by the finish of May perhaps.

Marinho also stated Bolsonaro’s private help to win more than hearts and minds would be important. “Something he does will be helpful, like galvanizing and mobilizing individuals to get onside with this transform that is so vital for the nation,” Marinho stated.

Analysts have stated there is considerable danger the proposal could be watered down in Congress, with approval unlikely till some time in the second half of 2019. Opponents on the left have stated the bill as it stands would hurt poor Brazilians.

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