Bolsonaro intends to veto the legalization of gambling in Brazil, but the final decision will be up to Congress

After recent efforts in the Chamber of Deputies to streamline the process of legalizing gambling and casinos in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro now says he intends to veto that regulation.

The regulation, which began in 2018 – under the management of then president Michel Temer – found its way with Arthur Lira in this year of 2021 and was doing very well, indicating a possible positive conclusion by the end of the year.

VEJA Magazine prepared a news item where we have the entire interview with President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Despite a recent mobilization in the Chamber of Deputies to put up a project that would legalize gambling, casinos and Jogo do Bicho in the country, President Jair Bolsonaro stated, in an exclusive interview to VEJA, that he intends to veto the proposal.

Stalled since Michel Temer’s government, sports betting regulation gained momentum after Chamber President Arthur Lira (Progressistas-AL) created a working group to discuss the legalization of casinos, slot machines and bingos, among others. The idea is for the topic to be voted on in the Chamber by the end of the year.

The proposal has enthusiasts among the president’s closest aides, such as the Chief of Staff Ciro Nogueira, but is met by resistance from Evangelical parliamentarians.

At VEJA, the president said that he has already been approached by supporters of the liberation of gambling in the country, but he told them that the measure will not have the government’s support to be approved in Congress and, if it still goes ahead, he will veto the proposal.

“I think there will be more to lose than gain right now. If by chance it approves, I have my veto, which is natural, and then Congress can overturn the veto. Yes, what is being discussed so far will have my veto. Period,” said Bolsonaro. “At the moment, my opinion about games of chance is this”, he added.

The release of games of chance is also defended by parliamentarians who see in the initiative the possibility of increasing the tourism sector and hotels and resorts in the country.