Brazil’s Lawmakers Elect Rodrigo Maia as House Speaker

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.”

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