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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's lower house speaker on Monday said he is personally working to ensure a plan to streamline the social security system is voted on this year but acknowledged that it may be hard to do so.

The government agreed with lawmakers to schedule a Dec. 18 deadline for a vote on the pension reform plan, the week before the Christmas recess. Still, it could delay a vote if it fails to gather enough support to pass the unpopular bill, edging dangerously close to next year's elections.

(Reporting by Natalia Scalzaretto; Writing by Bruno Federowski; Editing by Alden Bentley)

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