Brazil senate confirms Temer’s choice for Supreme Court vacancy

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Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday approved President Michel Temer’s justice minister to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, a controversial appointment due to the number of cabinet ministers and ruling party leaders facing corruption allegations, reports Reuters.

Alexandre Moraes, a 49-year-old lawyer, law professor and former public security secretary of Sao Paulo state, vowed to remain “absolutely impartial” when judging any eventual corruption cases faced by his former cabinet colleagues or Temer himself. Leftist senators slammed his appointment as a move to protect Temer’s government from the sprawling Car Wash kickback investigation that threatens to implicate a large swath of Brazil’s political establishment.

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