Political movement during parliamentary recess
The first week of parliamentary recess, which begins today (17) and ends on the first of August, the attention continues to be focused on the political crisis scenario in the country.
The first week of parliamentary recess, which begins today (17) and ends on the first of August, the attention continues to be focused on the political crisis scenario in the country. News in the main miedia emphasize that these weeks of tranquility in the plenary sessions in Brasilia do not mean that the parliamentarians will be on vacation – quite the contrary. Over the next few weeks, government officials and opposition leaders will work to win votes – favorable or otherwise – to decide the lawsuit involving accusations against President Michel Temer.
This happens because the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), scheduled the Plenary discussion on the report presented by Paulo Abi-Ackel (PSDB-MG) for August 2nd, shortly after the government base overturned the adverse text presented by Deputy Sérgio Zveiter (PMDB-RJ). The Temer administration works with the possibility of further delays caused by a lack of quorum in August, which would lead to the appreciation of the process only in September.
There are still rumors of the official recognition of new plea bargains, particularly from former deputy and President of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha, and of the dollar-dealer Lúcio Funaro, imprisoned in the Federal District since July 2016, and pointed out by the investigations of Operation Car-Wash as an operator of alleged bribe payments, precisely, to Cunha. Funaro was even mentioned in the plea bargain deal of the owner of JBS, Joesley Batista. Rodrigo Janot, Attorney General of the Republic, must present new accusations for the crimes of obstruction of justice and gang formation, once he returns from an Official Mission in the United States.
Last Thursday (13), the Budget Guidelines Law for 2018 (LDO, in the acronym in Portuguese) was approved. It serves as a parameter for the elaboration of the budget of the Public Administration. The project’s rapporteur, Deputy Marcus Pestana (PSDB-MG), foresaw that the expenses could only expand by R$ 39 billion, due to the limitation of expenses, which determines that the increase in expenses can only occur within the limit of inflation in the 12 months ending June, of 3%. For this reason, Pestana included in the LDO that any increase in compulsory expenses must be offset by a reduction in other compulsory expenses. The text also foresees a readjustment of the minimum salary, which would go from the current R$ 937 to R$ 979, in 2018. The budgetary guidelines for next year also foresee real growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 2.5%, in addition to the maintenance of the basic interest rate (Selic), at 9%, and inflation rates of 4.5%.
The condemnation of Luís Inácio Lula da Silva was one of the highlight of the past week, since he became the first president in the country’s history to be convicted of corruption and money laundering crimes.