BRASILIA May 8 The Brazilian government is
trying to secure a "safe margin" of votes in favor of its
proposal to overhaul the country's costly social security
system, Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles told journalists on
Monday after a Victory Day parade.
A vote in the full house planned for this week has been put
back to allow the government coalition to muster the 308 votes
needed. Pension reform is a contentious issue in Brazil, which
has one of the world's most generous social security systems,
allowing retirement on average at the age of 54 with almost full
benefits, compared with 72 years in Mexico.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by Silvio Cascione)