elected president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvamade his first political contact after winning an election this Wednesday in Brasilia, where he met with the heads of two legislative chambers and the Supreme Court.
According to sources in his team, they were contacts “institutional”Although in the case of the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira, and the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, he worked to analyze options for open spaces in the 2023 budget to finance the social programs that Lula promised. I had promised. Campaign.
“The country needs dialogue and normalcy”, Lula wrote on his social network after meeting with Lira, an ally to the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, who failed in his attempt to seek re-election.
The main purpose of LULA is, in theory, to guarantee that the country’s poorest households receive a subsidy of 600 reais (about US$120) per month, but this would require replacing a budget project sent by the government to parliament. Will happen. Bolsonaro.
One possibility would be a change in the budget and opening up of the fiscal space created under a law that limits the annual increase in government spending to inflation registered in the previous period.
As per market calculations, this year inflation will be close to around 6%, which would be the maximum allowed for an increase in fiscal spending.
Another option not to distort the budget would be a constitutional amendment, which, without modifying that law, isolates the so-called “Social Investment”,
Lira did not comment on the matter after a meeting with Lula, but Senator Rodrigo Pacheco, the Speaker of the Upper House, believed that the amendment would be “possible” And it could be approved before January 1, when Lula takes office.
After his first contacts, separately with the heads of the legislative chambers, Lula visited the headquarters of the Supreme Court, where he was received by the president, Rosa Weber, and other members of the court.
The meeting was also viewed as “institutional” Lula’s team, which won the election on October 30 by a margin of 1.8 percentage points over extreme right-wing leader Bolsonaro.
With Lula’s first movements in Brasilia as president-elect, a thousand Bolsonaro activists have gathered at the gates of the army’s general headquarters to demand one. “military intervention” Which “prevents” the inauguration of the progressive leader.
About 300 truck drivers who reached the capital on Wednesday from different parts of the country, have been forced out by protesters who refused to recognize the election results.