February 2, 2019 / 10:17 PM / 15 days ago

Bolsonaro ally wins Brazil senate presidency, easing legislative efforts

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a meeting with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - An ally of President Jair Bolsonaro won a fraught vote for the head of Brazil’s Senate on Saturday, likely easing the far-right president’s legislative efforts to open the economy, tackle crime and enact socially conservative measures.

Davi Alcolumbre, from the Democratas party, saw off veteran senator Renan Calheiros, who withdrew his candidacy after the president’s son, Flavio Bolsonaro, voted in favour of Alcolumbre.

Reporting by Ricardo Brito, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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