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New President of the Supreme Federal Court Calls For Reform of Judicial System

09/13/2016 - 11h12

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GABRIEL MASCARENHAS
MARIANA HAUBERT
FROM BRASÍLIA

After taking up office as President of the Supreme Federal Court (SFC), minister Cármen Lúcia, announced that the common citizen "should not be satisfied" with the current workings of the Brazilian judicial system.

"In order for the national system to meet the legitimate expectations of the Brazilian people, it is not enough to simply reform it. We must transform it," she said.

62-year old Cármen Lúcia is the second woman to occupy this post. The first was Ellen Gracie, who was in office between 2006 and 2008.

The new president of the Supreme Court fears there will be stormy seas ahead for Brazil.

Her swearing-in ceremony was attended by President Michel Temer, ex-Presidents José Sarney and Lula, Senate President Renan Calheiros and the Lower House Speaker, Rodrigo Maia.

Temer and Lula did not exchange greetings at the event. The Court Deacon, Celso de Mello, made a speech condemning corruption.

He classified dishonest people as being "at the margins of society", and stated that "they have the deteriorating effect of subverting the dignity of the political system and the government's actions."

The magistrate also said that the Judicial system should fight to retain the people's support and conviction.

Translated by GILLIAN SOPHIE HARRIS

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