The Brazilian Senate elects ally Bolsonaro as chairman of the higher chamber

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© Reuters. Senator Rodrigo Pacheco is greeted by colleagues after being elected President of the Brazilian Senate in Brasilia

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – The Brazilian Senate voted 57-21 on Monday to elect Rodrigo Pacheco, the candidate endorsed by right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, as chairman of the upper chamber for a two-year term.

Despite being an ally of Bolsonaro, Pacheco of the center-right Democratic Party has said he would not prioritize the privatization of Eletrobras, Latin America’s largest utility company and one of the government’s largest potential asset sales, in an attempt to bring the budget deficit down.

Before the vote, Pacheco pledged to find a compromise between tax restrictions and support for socially vulnerable Brazilians affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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