Brazilian president 'open to dialogue' about pension reform

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's president says he is "open to dialogue" about an ambitious pension reform that has become a central pillar of his administration's agenda.

President Jair Bolsonaro made the comment Saturday while on a state visit to Chile after Brazilian Chamber of Deputies Speaker Rodrigo Maia threatened to stop lobbying in favor of the proposal.

Maia has said Bolsonaro lacks conviction when it comes to defending the reform and needs to spend more time with lawmakers and party leaders.

The reform seeks to increase the retirement age to 65 for men and 62 for women.

Securing any modification to the system is a difficult undertaking that requires super majorities in both chambers of Congress.