Bolsonaro Says He Will Nominate Sergio Moro to the Supreme Court

President said Sunday that his will "honor his promise" to the Minister of Justice



President Jair Bolsonaro said this Sunday (12) that he promised to nominate Sergio Moro, the Minister of Justice and Public Security, to the STF (Supreme Court).

“I promised this to him because he abandoned a 22-year career as a judge. I said: ‘The first opening on the Supreme Court is yours,’” said Bolsonaro in an interview with Milton Neves on radio Bandeirantes.

Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro attends a session of the Public Security commission at the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado ORG XMIT: GGGAHM10 - REUTERS

“I promised to nominate Moro to the first opening seat of the Supreme Court, and if God wants, we will fulfill this agreement. I think that the entire country will be happy to have a man of this caliber on the Supreme Court,” the president said.

Supreme Court justice Celso de Mello, who will be 75 years old next year, must leave the court next year because of the obligatory retirement age.

In revealing the agreement made with the Lava Jato ex-judge, Bolsonaro emphasized that, even if nominated, Moro will have to go before Congress before taking a seat on the court.

“Obviously he will have to go before the Senate. I know that he does not lack the competence to be approved there, but a hearing is a technical part of the political process,” the president concluded.

The minister of Justice has not responded to Bolsonaro’s recent declarations.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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