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Brazil's outgoing president hikes judges' pay in setback for Bolsonaro


Reuters Last Updated at 27-11-2018 02:34:56 IST
Brazil's exiting President Michel Temer signed into law a 16 percent pay rise for Supreme Court justices on Monday, disregarding a request from his President-elect Jair Bolsonaro that he veto the bill to avoid increasing next year's budget deficit.

The top court salaries serve as a benchmark for other public sector pay and the hike will add an estimated 4 billion reais ($1 billion) to the deficit that Bolsonaro's economic team has promised to balance in one year.

Bolsonaro, who will inherit a gaping deficit when he takes office on Jan. 1, said earlier this month that this was "not the moment" to approve public sector pay increases.

Bolsonaro's economic team, led by University of Chicago-trained economist Paulo Guedes, plans to make a new proposal for overhauling the costly pension system, one of the main causes of the deficit that is driving up the country's public debt. Temer failed to get pension reform through Congress.

($1 = 3.9254 reais)

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle and Lisandra ParaguassĂș; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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