Senate Confirms Reappointment of Attorney General for Another 2 Years

On Saturday, Augusto Aras, the Bolsonaro-appointed Attorney General, criticized Car Wash and the press and said that there were 'real threats' to Supreme Court Justices

The plenary of the Senate approved this Tuesday (24th) the reappointment of the Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, for a new period of two years at the head of the PGR (Attorney General's Office).

BRASILIA , DF , 24.08.2021 , BRASIL , Antônio Augusto Brandão de Aras. Foto: Jefferson Rudy/Agência Senado - Jefferson Rudy/Agência Senado

Appointed by President Jair Bolsonaro, Aras was approved by 55 votes in favor versus ten against, plus one abstention. At least 41 votes were needed, which corresponds to the absolute majority of the Senate, which has 81 parliamentarians. Two years ago, Aras had 23 votes in favor and three against in the CCJ and, in the plenary, 68 against 10. The votes of nominations by authorities are secret.

This Tuesday, the debate in the plenary took just over two hours after Aras' approval by the Committee on Constitution and Justice, where there were 21 votes in favor of the reappointment and 6 against. Aras' confirmation for another two years as the Attorney General comes at a time of an institutional crisis, mainly because of President Jair Bolsonaro's attacks on the Federal Supreme Court. However, the Republic's Attorney General did not face difficulties, either during the hearing or in the two votes of the day.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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