Rousseff rejects Forest Code


Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, has rejected the Forest Code which was passed by parliament last month.

The president has sent the bill back with a line veto on 12 clauses and amendments required on 32 clauses. The move will be seen as a partial victory for environmentalists who wanted the whole bill thrown out as it allows for further deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.

Powerful lobbies in the agricultural and business sector will be unhappy with the decision which comes just before Brazil hosts the Rio+20 Earth Summit next month.

The bill now goes back to Congress where legislators have 30 days to make the amendments or disregard the changes and vote them through with a simple majority.

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