November 27, 2017 / 6:06 PM / 8 months ago

Brazil Speaker Maia says working to pass pension reform this year

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s lower house Speaker Rodrigo Maia said on Monday he will try to pass a fiscally crucial pension reform bill this year in the chamber, but he told reporters he would only put the measure to the vote if it has enough support.

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Lower House President Rodrigo Maia and President Michel Temer arrive for the handover ceremony for the new Minister of Cities in Brasilia, Brazil, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

The bill needs a three-fifths super majority of 308 votes to pass and poll by Arko Advice consultancy found the government is 46 votes short and time is running out. A government plan to hold a vote next week will likely get put off until Dec 13, with days to spare before the Congressional recess begins on Dec 22.

Reporting by Eduardo Simoes

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