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Brazil – Brazilian senators drumming up support for gaming legislation

By - 26 October 2020

Brazilian senators, including Senator Irajá and the President of the chamber, David Alcolumbre, have discussed their support for legalisation of the gambling industry with casino executives this week.

Senator Angelo Coronel meanwhile has been using the hashtag #LegalizarOsJogosSim, translating as ‘Say yes, to the legalisation of gaming’ on social media.

He said: “At this time of crisis caused by the pandemic, legalising gambling with adequate supervision could contribute to the creation of jobs and boost tourism and regional development. There are more than 13 million unemployed, and Brazil cannot manage without this important source of employment and resources. It could help social programmes such as a basic income for the population and increase investments in health and education. Join us in this fight! The legalisation of gambling in Brazil can greatly contribute to the recovery of our economy and the development of many regions, mainly through the generation of millions of direct and indirect jobs, which are essential in the post-pandemic period.”

he added that the ban on gaming is offers a ‘false morality’ claiming it is ‘hypocritical,’ and ’causes tax losses for the country.’

President Jair Bolsonaro’s son Flavio has also spoken out in favour of resort casinos being introduced.

Caption: Senator Angelo Coronel

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