Moro promises a new policy for the relationship with the Chamber – 11/20/2021 – Power

A low-profile politician for 30 years, Jair Bolsonaro promised to turn the tables of political relations in Brasília when he was elected in the 2018 anti-system wave. On the contrary, he reinforced the existing model. Federal judge for over 20 years and minister of that same Bolsonaro for 16 months, Sergio Moro promises to repeat the attempt if he wins next year’s electoral race.

In addition to the indications given in the nearly 50-minute speech of Moro’s affiliation with Podemos, on the last 10th, the sheet he spoke in recent days with allies of the former judge about the following question: how, in case of victory, to obtain solid legislative support in a scenario where the majority of the political world, from left to right, rejects it?

Both in the speech read on a teleprompter on the 10th and in the speech of his supporters later, an almost unique argument emerges, that a new posture, a new way of relating to congressmen, in short, a new policy for the boards Brasília’s tectonics move in favor of the former Lava Jato commander.

This is in a current scenario in which billionaire parliamentary amendments decide votes and in which the former minister’s name is strongly rejected by opposition, centrão and pocketnaristas, owners of no less than 70% of the current composition of the Chamber of Deputies.

“Moro’s government program will be very clear. Parties that agree and want to form an alliance will be welcomed with open arms. Those who are against, be patient. We will not compromise on principles. We will not make certain alliances”, says senator Oriovisto Guimarães (We can-PR) regarding the elections.

If Moro is elected and faces a scenario in which Arthur Lira (PP-AL) is reelected president of the Chamber, the senator believes that the dialogue will take place in an institutional way only.

For General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, another of those who became disillusioned with the tram of Bolsonaro’s new policy, for whom he was a minister, it is necessary to break the current patterns of negotiation, based on money and positions.

“It is necessary to establish the standards of negotiation. Opposition is okay. Opposition is good. What you have to have is the ability to not do it in that addicted way, negotiating money and positions, but rather a relationship of respect, trustworthiness, honesty, sincerity, that’s all it [Moro] he does. This is his life experience.”

Senator Álvaro Dias (Podemos-PR), another Moro enthusiast, reinforces the assessment. According to him, those who accept the new model will be welcome.

“Brazilian politics has shown itself to be physiological, it is a fatal attraction to power. The question is: what method to adopt in order to have the support of the majority? Without a doubt, avoiding taking it there is here, without a doubt. I see a republican relationship with great possibility”, says the senator, who ran for the presidency in 2018 and came in ninth place.

“The Congress, in the first place, dances to the music that plays the Presidency. And it depends a lot on the beginning, on the posture of the beginning of the mandate. It is necessary to take advantage of this moment of euphoria, in which everyone wishes the best for the country.”

Democracy presupposes the independent and harmonious relationship between the Legislative and the Executive. In addition to this imperative condition, in recent decades the two Powers have established a tug-of-power that has led to moments of majority subservience of Congress to Planalto and, in the opposite line, the removal of two presidents, Fernando Collor (1992) and Dilma Rousseff (2016) .

Bolsonaro, federal deputy for seven terms, assumed the presidency criticizing the physiology. At first, he tried to govern by relating to parliamentary fronts, not parties, almost all of them rotten according to the Pocketnist ideology.

As soon as he felt a greater threat of impeachment, however, he joined the centro, a political group to which he belonged for years, despite having managed to present himself to his voters as a completely distant figure.

Today Bolsonaro is leading one of the biggest moments in the history of Congress, in which the billionaire scheme of directing the rapporteur’s amendments in exchange for votes took shape.

All this with the arms of PL, the party to which he promised to join, and the PP, the two acronyms of the center and which were among the main targets of the Lava Jato de Moro.

Even so, the Morists say they believe that everything can be different, just have posture.

“It is necessary to fully exercise the capacity for dialogue with the Congress, it has to be tireless in convincing”, says Álvaro Dias.

Oriovisto positively cites Collor, who was impeached, Bolsonaro, who failed 57% of the population, and Jânio Quadros, who resigned after just seven months of government, as examples of a trajectory similar to the one he intends to see Moro tread: outsiders who were elected against the system and with strong anti-corruption speech.

The bet among Moro’s allies is that the former judge will grow in opinion polls and garner popular support from the financial market — last week he announced the name of former Central Bank president Affonso Celso Pastore as one of his advisers at macroeconomics—and of opinion makers in such a way that traditional parties will find themselves with no option but to support him. And, in that case, they will have to negotiate and give in to the limits imposed by the former magistrate himself.

To send a message, for example, Moro wants to review Podemos’s compliance program and use it as a model for others.

“He doesn’t win with the articulation of parties, he wins if he’s like Bolsonaro, if the voter comes en masse. Once elected, however, he runs the risk of getting stuck in the thesis that he’s still a judge. He’ll have to understand that he’s not he’s a judge, who’s a politician, and he’ll have to talk, otherwise Bolsonaro repeats, who arrived wanting to kick him out and that’s what happened,” says deputy Jerônimo Goergen (PP-RS).

In addition to Podemos, which has only 11 of the 513 deputies, Moro hopes to bring together part of the base that is more aligned with Bolsonaro and, mainly, center and center-right parties that are fighting each other in search of a third way — PSD , PSDB, DEM and MDB in particular.

Today, the opposition is mostly anti-Moro, especially the PT, as the former judge sentenced and imprisoned Lula, removing the PT from the 2018 presidential dispute. In 2021, the Supreme Court considered Moro partial in the processes against Lula. As a result, lawsuits in the triplex cases, the Atibaia site and the Lula Institute were canceled by Lava Jato.

The center, in turn, led the process of emptying the proposals for tightening criminal legislation that the then Minister of Justice in Bolsonaro tried to enshrine in Congress. Having several members also targeted by Lava Jato and Moro, the group actively militates against the former judge. Finally, there are the Pocketnaristas, according to whom Moro is nothing but a traitor to the current occupant of the presidential seat.

In an interview with Bloomberg, on Thursday (17), Moro confirmed that he had conversations with PSDB, MDB and União Brasil (merger of DEM and PSL, still pending approval by the Electoral Court) and sent signals, even to the center, stating that it cannot be generalized and that “there are parties and people in the center who are good people”.

In his speech of affiliation with Podemos, however, Moro did little to try to compose with the politicians who make up these groups. On the contrary, he put together in one sentence a direct attack on all of them: “No more corruption, no more monthly allowances [PT e centrão envolvidos], no more petrol [PT e centrão envolvidos], no more ‘cracked’ [Bolsonaro]”, he said, according to the speech he was reading on the teleprompter.

Inflated by audience supporters, he added an addendum to his proposed new policy, referring to exactly the model the former boss promised to eradicate but, once in his chair, expanded to unprecedented heights: “No more secret budget!”

This Saturday (20), while participating in the annual congress of the MBL (Free Brazil Movement), the former judge was asked about the speech about the center and said that there are “good people” in all parties.

“To govern and have a project that can be carried out, dialogue is necessary. So, you have to talk to everyone. And in all parties, left, right, center, center, there are good people, there are people with which ones can talk and build a project,” he said.

Moro stated that, in case he arrives at Planalto, he will adopt a “conciliatory speech”, but will be “vigorous” in defending the principles and values ​​of his project.

“There is a line to be drawn that will not be crossed even in the formation of political alliances. Others have said this in the past, but I can say, and asking for your confidence, that I have the credibility to affirm this”, he said, without detailing the such limit.

With the collaboration of Joelmir Tavares, from São Paulo

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