Brazil's New Attorney General Suggests Changes in The Car Wash Operation

He avoided sharing his opinions on abortion and gay marriage

Daniel Carvalho Ricardo Della Coletta
Brasília

Brazil's Senate approved yesterday, by 68 votes to 10, Augusto Aras, 60, to lead Brazil's Attorney General's Office.

Aras, appointed by Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), said that the Car Wash Operation (Lava Jato) might undergo changes.

Brazil's New Attorney General Augusto Aras. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

Aras called the operation a "milestone in the fight against corruption," but argued that public officials should only express themselves in the case file and the criminal proceedings. He praised Deltan Dallagnol, head of the Curitiba task force, although he suggested "less spotlight" on the team.

Aras' colleagues criticized him for publicly supporting Bolsonaro flags amid the dispute over his nomination. During the vote, Aras preached independence among the Powers and avoided explicitly expressing his views on issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

Aras is expected to occupy the post until at least 2021. Over the next few years, he will face topics that often go to the Supreme Court, such as possession of weapons, as well as an investigation into Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, the president's son.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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