Country Analysts

Murillo de Aragão
Founder, Political Consultancy Arko Advice
Cristiano Noronha
Partner, Political Consultancy Arko Advice

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Lava Jato – Temer’s arrest
BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 21 Mar 2019
​Former President Michel Temer was arrested today, Thursday, March 21, by the Rio de Janeiro arm of the Car Wash Operation. The warrant was requested by Federal Judge Marcelo Bretas, of the 7th Federal Court of Rio. The former president was arrested in São Paulo and is being transferred to Rio.

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Steps toward the approval of Pension Reform
BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 18 Mar 2019
President Jair Bolsonaro’s trip to the US is the highlight of the week. He will also travel to Chile. With the arrival of the Pension Reform proposal for the military in the Lower House, the CCJ should begin the debate on Pension Reform; the rapporteur will be chosen this week. In the economy, we...

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Most CCJ members support the government
BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 14 Mar 2019
​The Constitution and Justice Committee of the Lower House was installed on Wednesday, March 13, and has 66 members and an equal number of alternates. It will be responsible for analyzing the constitutionality of the Pension Reform proposal. This is the first stage of proceedings in the Lower Hou...

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Pension Reform negotiation tools and other weekly topics
BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 11 Mar 2019
The CCJ should be installed in the Lower House, the first step for Pension Reform. Lower House President Rodrigo Maia meets with party leaders to define a voting agenda for the semester. Economy Minister Paulo Guedes speaks to the Senate about the Pension Reform proposal. President Bolsonaro meet...

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Bolsonaro’s support in the Lower House totaled 54.82% in February
BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 28 Feb 2019
A study by Arko Advice shows that the average support for bills backed by the Jair Bolsonaro administration in the Lower House totaled 54.82% in February. Eleven nominal votes were analyzed. The study only considered votes for which the government leadership provided guidance as to whether to vot...

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Plenty of time for Pension Reform and other weekly topics
BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 25 Feb 2019
This is the week before Carnaval, with few important votes in Congress, but Pension Reform is still on the agenda. On Tuesday, February 26, Jair Bolsonaro discusses the issue with party leaders. Lower House President Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ) attempts to install the Constitution Committee, the first ...

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Pension Reform: Main points
BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 20 Feb 2019
Today, President Jair Bolsonaro delivered to Congress the proposal for Pension Reform. According to the government, the core principals of the proposal are the creation of a fair and egalitarian system, in which those who earn less pay less; guarantee of the sustainability of the system; greater ...

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The Pension Reform battle in Congress
BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 18 Feb 2019
This week’s Talking Points: • The Pension Reform battle in Congress • Widespread support for Pension Reform in the Lower House • The Bebianno issue • The dangers of Parliamentary Committees of Inquiry (CPIs) • Doria retains prominence • The TST’s decision strengthens the privatization agend...

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The House may conclude Pension Reform in June
BRAZIL POLITICS - Report 11 Feb 2019
President Jair Bolsonaro may be discharged from the hospital on Thursday. Lower House President Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ) will meet with governors to discuss Pension Reform. In the Senate, party leaders meet on Tuesday to decide on the presidencies of the permanent committees. On Friday, the Central ...

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