RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sought to calm mounting tensions around his pension reform, a central pillar of his agenda, after the speaker of congress threatened to...
Anti-crime, corruption measure faces headwinds in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's crusading justice minister is facing congressional resistance to his effort to stiffen laws against organized crime and corruption.
Brazil’s president: Workers must put in more years to retire
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday proposed making Brazilians work longer before they can receive a pension, a signature campaign promise aimed at rescuing a troubled...
Rio could be ‘laboratory’ for solving Brazil’s crime crisis
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian leaders said Monday that the use of the military to combat rising violence in Rio de Janeiro could serve as a model for other violent areas of Brazil.
The armed forces officially took over Rio's police on Friday under a decree signed by President Michel Temer.
The measure still requires congressional approval, and the lower Chamber of Deputies began debating it late Monday. It is expected to pass both the lower chamber and Senate within a few days.
Brazil’s Temer fails to get pensions reform vote this year
SAO PAULO (AP) — A pension reform that's key to the economic agenda of Brazilian President Michel Temer won't come to a vote this year, lowering the chances he can get it passed before leaving office.
Chamber of Deputies Speaker Rodrigo Maia said on Thursday he aims put the bill to a vote on Feb. 19, but even that is far from certain. And passage may become harder as the October 2018 general election nears.
Vote on Brazil pension overhaul to be delayed
SAO PAULO (AP) — The head of Brazil's lower house of Congress says the government doesn't have enough votes to pass a social security overhaul seen as key to President Michel Temer's economic austerity agenda.
Chamber of Deputies president Rodrigo Maia told the O Globo newspaper Thursday that voting on the reform bill will likely be delayed one week. It was originally scheduled for Dec.6.
The government has said the pension reforms are crucial for reducing government debt and spending.
Thousands protest proposal for total abortion ban in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of women marched through the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Monday to protest a recent congressional committee vote to make abortion illegal without exception in Brazil.
Many protesters carried their children in their arms or on their shoulders, shouting: "Our bodies are ours!" Some scuffles broke out between protesters and police when the march reached the Rio state legislature. Police fired tear gas, but calm soon returned.
Brazil’s president survives first vote on latest charges
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer survived a first vote by lawmakers Wednesday in a case that holds the potential of suspending him from office.
A Chamber of Deputies committee voted 39-26 Wednesday against putting the president on trial on charges of obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization.
The committee recommendation will be considered by all 513 deputies next week, Speaker Rodrigo Maia said.
Brazil lawyers ask high court to compel impeachment debate
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's bar association is asking the Supreme Court to compel lawmakers to consider more than two-dozen motions for President Michel Temer's impeachment that have stalled in the lower house.
The legal petition presented Thursday accuses speaker Rodrigo Maia of violating the constitution by not letting lawmakers debate whether to proceed with impeachment.
Congress leader says Brazil gov’t lacks votes to pass reform
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of Brazil's lower house of congress said Tuesday the government doesn't have the votes to pass a social security overhaul that is key to President Michel Temer's economic agenda — and possibly his survival in office.
The comments by Chamber of Deputies Speaker Rodrigo Maia came after a meeting with Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles as well as the leaders of the parties in congress.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Embattled in Congress and unpopular on the streets, President Michel Temer has now been charged with corruption by Brazil's top prosecutor in the wake of a plea bargain signed by executives of meatpacking company JBS. It is the first time that a sitting Brazilian president has been charged, but Temer has pledged to stay in office. In less than two months, he could be suspended from office, raising even more doubts about Brazil's future until October 2018 general elections.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in Latin America's largest nation to face criminal charges.
Attorney General Rodrigo Janot's accusation is the latest salvo in an intensifying showdown between Temer and justice officials who are building a corruption case that reaches to the highest levels.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer faces a growing risk of not finishing his term after the emergence of an audio recording that appears to capture him endorsing hush money for a convicted former lawmaker. Many Brazilians are starting to think about who might replace him.
Brazil court orders probes into top ministers, lawmakers
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Supreme Court announced Tuesday that corruption investigations have been ordered for eight ministers and dozens more top politicians in a sweeping decision that affects almost one third of President Michel Temer's Cabinet and many of his top allies.