May 20, 2019 / 5:56 PM / 6 months ago

Brazil's Bolsonaro says political class is an impediment

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends an event with businessmen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro blamed interest groups for impeding him from governing on Monday and said the country’s big problem was its political class.

Since he took office Jan. 1, Bolsonaro has suffered a series of setbacks in Congress and his plan to overhaul Brazil’s pension system has been delayed by disputes with lawmakers, including his political allies.

“Every time I touch a wound, an army of influential people turns against me,” he said in a speech to businessmen in Rio de Janeiro.

Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Editing by Susan Thomas

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