Opinion

The crucial importance of the congressional leadership election

On February 1, Congress will vote on the new House Speaker and Senate President. The decision may decide the fate of the government

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The House floor, emptied during the pandemic. Photo: Maryanna Oliveira/Câmara dos Deputados

On February 1, Brazilian federal lawmakers will make arguably the most consequential political decision of the year when they elect new leadership boards in each chamber of Congress.

In the lower house, there are nine candidates for the highly coveted Speaker role, with Arthur Lira and Baleia Rossi being the current frontrunners. The former has the support of President Jair Bolsonaro, while the latter is backed by incumbent House Speaker Rodrigo Maia. Across the hallway, there are four names in the hat for Senate President: the Bolsonaro-backed Rodrigo Pacheco seems poised to win the vote, but may face...

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