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Dida Sampaio / Estadão ContentOnyx Lorenzoni affirmed that reforms ‘will flow faster in the legislature’ under the command of Arthur Lira

In an interview with the Pânico program, Young pan, this Tuesday, 23, the Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency, Onyx Lorenzoni, analyzed the president’s decision Jair Bolsonaro (without party) to change the command of the Petrobras. Last Friday, 19, Bolsonaro announced the choice of reserve general Joaquim Silva e Luna to occupy the position of president of the state-owned company. The decision came a day after the Ministry of Mines and Energy informed Petrobras that changes would occur in its staff. The president’s announcement drew the attention of the population and the financial market, which reacted with the devaluation of the state’s shares – by the beginning of the week, Petrobrás had already lost around R $ 100 billion in market value.

“You cannot recover a 16-year theft in just two years in office. There was an endless robbery at Petrobras, which counted on the omission and collusion of many employees. Since Bolsonaro took over, the robbery is over. With great humility we are recovering the hole left by PT, but we need to take into account that we are facing a pandemic, it’s difficult. The president made his decision because he determined that whoever was in charge of Petrobras did not correspond to the country’s interests. Bolsonaro has the right to make this appointment. In the financial market, the state’s shares fell because of a speculative attack. We can expect from the management of Joaquim Silva and Luna a Petrobras balanced between the interests of investors and Brazilians, ”he said. According to a report released in 2015 by the Federal Police, the breach in Petrobras, caused by crimes such as bribery and cartel payments, varies between R $ 6.4 billion and R $ 42.8 billion. For prosecutors from the former Operation Car Wash, the value is around R $ 20 billion.

Recognizing the fragility of the Brazilian economy in the midst of the Covid-19, the minister stressed that the country’s stability will only be achieved “if all economic reforms are carried out”, in reference to the government’s proposals for tax and administrative reform. “We are a government that breaks with all the previous ones and, therefore, we had to learn to be pleasant. The reforms did not go far because we made mistakes and, unfortunately, we had the deputy Rodrigo Maia, who took antipatriotic attitudes. But that is past. With Arthur Lira in the presidency of the House, everything will flow more quickly. ” Even seeing an ally in Lira, for reforms to be sanctioned, they must be debated and approved in the legislature. Therefore, questioned about the approach of the federal government with the “Centrão“, Lorenzoni said that” there is no country in the world in which the president is under no obligation to build a majority in parliament “. “The PT negotiated positions with the ‘Centrão’ for closed gates and here there are no closed gates. It must be made clear that party relations happen all over the world. Before, the PT used to say to parliamentarians: ‘we are here to serve ourselves.’ Today, Bolsonaro says: ‘We are here to serve the Brazilian people’ ”, he concluded.

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