Paulo Trevisani – The Wall Street Journal, 07/14/2016
BRASÍLIA—A roadblock to economic reform in Brazil was removed Thursday, when the lower house of the country’s Congress elected a new speaker who could help interim President Michel Temer push his agenda.
Federal Deputy Rodrigo Maia was elected with 285 votes in the 513-member Chamber of Deputies, as the house is known. Mr. Maia, a 46-year-old representative from the right-wing Democrats party, or DEM, is largely seen as someone willing to advance the administration’s interests in Congress.
“This chamber needs dialogue,” Mr. Maia said in a speech before the final vote, which happened in the early morning. “Brazil can only overcome its crisis if the house overcame its own crisis.”