Brazil's Congress re-elects Senate, Lower House leaders

Brazil's Congress on Wednesday re-elected the leaders of both chambers, in a key win for leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's legislative agenda.

General view of the inauguration ceremony of the new Brazilian senate at the plenary of the Federal Senate in Brasilia on February 1, 2023. (Photo: AFP)

Senator Rodrigo Pacheco drew 49 votes out of the 41 he needed to defeat an ally of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro. In the lower house, Speaker Arthur Lira of the center-right Popular Party (PP), who drew 464 votes out of the 257 needed, won his re-election by a wide margin.

(With input from Reuters)