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Brazil pension reform clears hurdle, faces tough approval path

President Michel Temer’s proposal to reform Brazil’s costly social security system cleared a committee vote on Wednesday, but the measure, deeply unpopular with voters, faces an uphill battle in the full Congress.

The committee voted 23-14 to approve the constitutional amendment, which would make Brazilians work longer and reduce pension benefits to plug a widening budget deficit at the root of the country’s worst recession ever.

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