Brazil's Congress elects Rousseff critic as speaker

February 2, 2015 12:03 AM

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Brazil's Congress elects Rousseff critic as speaker

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Congress elected a conservative as speaker of the Chamber of Deputies on Sunday in a setback for the ruling Workers' Party that split President Dilma Rousseff's coalition and will complicate her legislative agenda.

Eduardo Cunha belongs to Brazil's largest party, the PMDB, Rousseff's main ally in the governing coalition, but he defeated a Workers' Party candidate by advocating for a legislature that was less subservient to the government.

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