August 16, 2017 / 3:27 PM / 3 years ago

Brazil chief of staff expects pension reform to pass house in October

BRASILIA, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The chief of staff to Brazil’s President Michel Temer said on Wednesday that the government is aiming to see an ambitious pension system overhaul pass the lower house of Congress by the first half of October.

Eliseu Padilha, speaking after an event at the presidential palace, expressed optimism on the pension reform that Temer sees as the key measure in his fiscal rescue plan. But top lawmakers have warned in recent days that only the most stripped-down overhaul will get through Congress, with lawmakers concerned about pushing through an unpopular measure ahead of next year’s elections. (Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu)

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