President of the Brazilian Senate Renan Calheiros looks on during a Senate plenary to vote on the constitutional amendment that establishes the limit of expenses for the government in the annual budget, as the centrepiece of austerity reforms that have provoked violent protests, in Brasilia on December 13, 2016.
Police were out in force in the capital Brasilia to protect government buildings from demonstrators during the upper house vote.
The spending cap would be locked into the constitution and is the central plank in proposals by center-right President Michel Temer to get Brazil's finances back under control and attract investors who fled because of Brazil's ongoing recession
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Renan Calheiros retira candidatura à presidência do Senado
Em um discurso inflamado e indignado, o senador Renan Calheiros (MDB-AL) anunciou agora a retirada de sua candidatura à presidência do Senado. “Se eles podem tudo, sou eu que vou ser contra a Constituição? Não sou candidato, para defender a democracia e o interesse do Brasil”, disse.
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