May 20, 2019 / 5:43 PM / a year ago

Brazilian government lacks majority for pension reform -congressional panel chair

BRASILIA, May 20 (Reuters) - The chairman of Brazil’s congressional committee on pension reform, Marcelo Ramos, said on Monday that President Jair Bolsonaro’s government is unable to form a majority to pass the fiscally crucial bill, but the country cannot wait and Congress will push through reform on its own.

Ramos told Reuters that he estimates that pension reform has the support of no more than 200 votes in the lower chamber, well short of the 308 needed to pass, and he blamed Bolsonaro’s poor relations with Congress for holding back the reform process. (Reporting by Anthony Boadle; editing by Grant McCool)

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