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Najara Araujo / Chamber of DeputiesPostponement of the vote represented the first defeat of Arthur Lira’s term in office

Despite the articulation of the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) that deals with parliamentary immunity was removed from the agenda of the plenary, on the afternoon of this Friday, 26, and sent to a special commission. One wing of the House questions Lira’s attempt to approve the project “in a nutshell”, as she Young pan a party leader, without the matter being debated, as is the usual rite. Resistance to the matter gathers around 180 deputies from the most varied parties, from New to the PT, including Kim Kataguiri (DEM-SP).

Before the end of the session, the deputies rejected a request to withdraw the agenda, but the voting score reinforces the thesis that the PEC, authored by Deputy Celso Sabino (PSDB-PA), will not have a simple procedure. Of the 484 voters, 302 parliamentarians were against the exclusion of the item from the agenda. Although they represent the majority, it is less than the 308 votes needed to pass an amendment to the Constitution. In addition to the necessary three-fifths of votes, the matter must be passed in two rounds, before going to the Senate, where the proposal is also criticized. Another 178 parliamentarians were opposed to the vote. Some defend that the text can be improved in a special commission, while other deputies criticize the content of the proposal, also called “PEC of impunity”.

Among other points, the PEC establishes that: the parliamentarian cannot be removed from his mandate by judicial decision; in the event of arrest in the act for unreliable crime, the deputy or senator will have to remain in the custody of the respective Legislative House until the plenary decides whether or not to maintain the detention; a precautionary measure that affects the mandate will only take effect if confirmed by the plenary of the Supreme Federal Court (STF). The initiative gained momentum in the last week, due to the arrest of deputy Daniel Silveira (PSL-RJ). The Bolsonar parliamentarian was arrested on Tuesday, 16, after the release of a video with attacks on the ministers of the Supreme Court and an apology for Institutional Act nº 5 (AI-5), the most repressive of the Military Dictatorship.

Of the 54 deputies of the PT, which has the largest bench in the Chamber, 52 were in favor of removing the PEC from the agenda – one parliamentarian abstained and only deputy Vander Loubet (PT-MS) voted against the party’s guidance. “We understand that the issue of parliamentary immunity needs to be well regulated. But that does not mean, when regulating the issue, that we walk in immunity without limit, extrapolating and almost reaching parliamentary impunity ”, stated the leader of the PT in the House, Bohn Gass (PT-RS). The eight deputies of the Novo were also against voting on the text. “We block the PEC from impunity! This week we had four days of sessions and we spent three of them fighting the PEC of impunity. Fortunately we won the battle! I congratulate the entire Novo bench for the excellent performance against this PEC that would benefit corrupt politicians ”, said the leader of Novo, Paulo Ganime (Novo-RJ).

Among DEM deputies, Kim Kataguiri (DEM-SP) is one of the most critical of PEC and led the obstruction during the session. The congressman filed a writ of mandamus with the Supreme Court asking for the suspension of the proposal. The request was denied on Friday afternoon, 26, by Minister Luís Roberto Barroso. “The PEC has not yet been buried, but we stopped the Impunity tractor in the plenary! It is an unprecedented victory, my friends, ”wrote Kataguiri on his Twitter profile.

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