After the last session of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), held this Tuesday (29), congresswoman Sâmia Bomfim (PSOL-SP) assesses that the political game scenario around of the collegiate became less favorable to the Bolsonarist wing, guarantor of the CPI. The deputy’s analysis is also based on facts that preceded the meeting, such as the legal situation of the rapporteur, Ricardo Salles (PL-SP), who on Monday (28) became a defendant in a process that investigates a case of illegal export of timber. The complaint against the former Minister of the Environment of Jair Bolsonaro (PL) was made by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and accepted by the 4th Federal Criminal Court of Pará.
“It’s been three weeks since they’ve been saying they’re going to rebuild a majority in the CPI and they haven’t managed to do so. They’ve been trying to convince Lira to extend the CPI for a while, and all his statements go in the opposite direction. Today they don’t even have guaranteed votes to approve Salles’ report, so it’s quite possible that things cool down and end up with that. And, socially, what I think is most important, the CPI emptied itself politically. I think it has served to strengthen the name of the MST. Some parliamentarians also stood out and, in addition, Salles became a defendant yesterday. I think all this was a little unexpected for them”, considered Sâmia to Brasil de Fato.
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In this Tuesday’s session (29), only two of the 20 requests foreseen in the agenda were voted by the CPI. The two requests deal with the convening of people linked to the Institute of Land and Agrarian Reform of Alagoas (Iteral) and were presented by Deputy Fabio Costa (PP-AL). Behind the scenes, parliamentarians from the progressive camp suspect that the requests are in the interest of reaching Senator Renan Calheiros (MDB-AL), the main public rival of the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), in the state. The summons would then be a way to help convince the pepista to accept the extension of the CPI, a measure ventilated by Bolsonaristas in recent months, but not yet implemented.
Behind the scenes, it is not known for sure whether the idea of extending the deadline for the works still has a chance of succeeding. The agenda has experienced an intense back and forth amid the disputes surrounding the CPI. On Monday (28), during an interview with the CNN TV network, the chairman of the commission, Lieutenant Colonel Zucco (Republicanos-RS), stated that he keeps the intention on the radar. “We lost two weeks because of the recess, in addition to a week of the June holiday”, he argued.
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Lira has been under constant pressure from the Bolsonarist wing to extend the deadline for the work, initially scheduled for September. “The last card they have to play is to convince the president to extend the CPI. They want to do that at all costs, but I don’t think calling names from Alagoas is enough, considering that the leaders, including the leader of the Lira party itself (André Fufuca), declared today that he is no longer so that this CPI goes to the last consequences”, said Sâmia Bomfim.
Leader of the PP, André Fufuca (MA) replaced this Tuesday the deputy Ana Paula Leão (MG), who has more conservative positions, by Mário Negromonte Jr. (BA), whose political stance is more sympathetic to the Lula government. The change was seen as a nod to the management, which should soon hand over a ministry to the party, based on the seams that have been sewn in recent weeks. The change helped to make it difficult to score the votes for the Bolsonarist wing.
“It was a decisive session because it was a test of the quorum of the new deputies that entered the base of the government. They (Bolsonaristas) realized that they could lose the votes, so they took their own requirements to try to approve another opportunity. Then Salles asked the president to close the session”, highlights Sâmia, in reference to the fact that 18 of the 20 applications were not voted on.
:: Outside the script of the MST CPI diligence, Salles and Zucco try to intimidate Pataxó indigenous people in BA ::
In the psolista’s assessment, the scenario revealed this Tuesday helps to curb the achievements sought by the Bolsonarist wing at the CPI, which has been the scene of different attacks on the MST by deputies from the segment. “A session was not called for this Wednesday. The president would have to have convened 24 hours in advance. I don’t know what happened, if he forgot, if he was already counting on some defeat, but he didn’t make that call. It might be on Thursdays, but the Chamber is very empty on Thursdays. The next week will be shorter because of the holiday (September 7) and the other is close to the CPI deadline”, he pointed out.
“We leave here optimistic today. Of course, anything can happen, the base (of the government) is very unstable, and not necessarily an ideological base that is here with the commitment to defend the movement, but we can celebrate until the next few days, at least”, amended Sâmia.
Editing: Rodrigo Chagas