March 28, 2019 / 2:16 PM / 6 months ago

Brazil's Bolsonaro says he has 'no problem' with house speaker in pension row

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends a signing ceremony for 13.2 billion reais in contracts for electricity transmission lines, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he has “no problems” with House Speaker Rodrigo Maia, with whom he traded insults via Twitter and in statements to the press in recent days, casting serious doubts on the fate of the leader’s proposed reforms to the pension system.

Asked about whether he would move Brazil’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem as he has repeatedly floated, Bolsonaro backtracked and told reporters in Brasilia that the government may instead open a “business office” in Jerusalem. Brazil’s agriculture sector is ardently against any embassy move, as it would threaten the country’s halal meat trade with Middle Eastern countries.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu

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