The arrangement that ensured a comfortable victory for Arthur Lira (PP-AL) in the election for the presidency of the Chamber of Deputies meant that the Board of Directors of the House had, at the same time, supporters of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and with staunch Bolsonaristas.
Left-wing parties, such as PT and PDT, and right-wing parties, such as PL and PSDB, made up the block that supported Lira. In exchange, they won positions at the Bureau and will work together with representatives of physiological and centrão captions, such as MDB, União Brasil, Republicans and PSD.
With the agreements blocked before the votes this Wednesday (1st), the votes were almost symbolic. All those elected had expressive votes, like the 464 votes won by Lira. Júlio César (PSD-PI) even surpassed this mark, with 467 votes won among the 513 deputies.
At the end of the voting, it was possible to see curious scenes, such as effusive hugs between Sóstenes Cavalcante (PL-RJ), elected second vice-president, and Maria do Rosário (PT-RS), who will occupy the position of second secretary.
After the vote, heard by the TV Camera, Cavalcante, a member of the Evangelical Parliamentary Front, said he has respect for his colleague. A theologian “in favor of the family”, he said that he “does not give up his values”, but that he respects and dialogues with his PT colleague, defender of human rights, who also said he does not give up her values.
In general, the speeches were about strengthening and valuing dialogue. Maria do Rosário, also interviewed by the Chamber’s official television channel, stated that the articulation was “very positive”.
“The Board of Directors is to offer the best possible mandates for the work that comes from the popular vote represented in the parliamentarians. At the same time, the challenge is enormous. A few days ago, on January 8, we had a destruction. This unit today is a response of respect for institutions, democracy and dialogue,” he said.
What is the Board of Directors?
As the name implies, the Board of Directors conducts legislative and administrative work in the Chamber of Deputies. With two-year terms, the deputies who occupy the positions have attributions such as analysis of requirements, requests for reimbursement of medical expenses of deputies and international relations of the House.
In all, counting the president of the Chamber, the Board has eleven deputies, always elected for two-year terms. There are seven starters and four substitutes.
Check out the full list of members elected this Wednesday:
1st vice president: Marcos Pereira (Republicanos-SP)
2nd vice president: Sóstenes Cavalcante (PL-RJ)
1st Secretary: Luciano Bivar (União Brasil-PE)
2nd Secretary: Maria do Rosário (PT-RS)
3rd Secretary: Júlio César (PSD-PI)
4th Secretary: Lúcio Mosquini (MDB-RO)
Gilberto Nascimento (PSC-SP)
Pompeo de Mattos (PDT-RS)
Beto Pereira (PSDB-MS)
André Ferreira (PL-PE)
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho
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