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Senate approves direct elections in case of Presidency vacancy

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The Senate Constitution and Justice Commission unanimously approved on Wednesday (31) the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) that establishes direct elections if the Presidency of the Republic stays vacant in the first three years of the mandate.

The CCJ is responsible for examining whether the bills presented in the Senate violate any principle of the Constitution.

With the approval of the PEC by the senators of the collegiate, the text will be sent to the plenary of the Senate. If the senators approve the text in plenary, the PEC will go to the Chamber.

Currently, the legislation provides that, in the event that the president and vice-president leave the country in the last two years of the mandate, an indirect election must be held within 30 days by the National Congress.