PMDB deputies hand independence manifesto to Temer

The document, released last week, says the country is facing one of

Published in 07/10/2015 - 18:38 By Paulo Victor Chagas reports from Agência Brasil - Brasília

On behalf of a group of members of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) at the Chamber of Deputies, deputies handed Wednesday (Oct. 7) to vice-President and PMDB head Michel Temer a manifesto against the negotiations over positions with the federal government. The document, released last week, was signed by 25 PMDB deputies who described the country as facing one of the most severe economic crises in its history, as a result of “wrong choices in government policies.”

The congressmen opposing the talks concerning positions at government level declared themselves independent on Thursday (1), one day before President Rousseff announced the ministry reform in which the PMDB was given more power. In the manifesto, they say the government has not indicated a clear answer to the economic and political crisis and also that the government is “giving in to a political game based on the pressure for positions in an auction with no foundation on projects or proposals.”

According to the document, the votes to be cast by the self-proclaimed independent ones at plenary sessions, will not depend “on this bargain for positions”. The document adds: “Even though the PMDB is part of the federal government's base and despite of seeing a PMDB member as vice-president, the party has never been invited to take part in the government decisions that led to these crises. The national strategic political decisions, over the course of the last years, were made exclusively by the PT [Workers' Party], which resulted in the current situation.”

As part of the overhaul, seven ministries were handed over to the PMDB: Health Care; Science, Technology, and Innovation; Ports; Mines and Energy; Agriculture; Tourism; and Civil Aviation.

Translated by Fabrício Ferreira

Fonte: PMDB deputies hand independence manifesto to Temer

Edition: Beto Coura/Olga Bardawill

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