Brazil’s President Temer nominates close ally to Supreme Court

Brazil’s President Michel Temer has nominated his Justice Minister to the Supreme Court as it prepares to rule on one the biggest corruption scandals in the country’s history.

The Minister, Alexandre de Moraes, is one of Mr Temer’s closest allies. He replaces Judge Teori Zavascki, who died in a plane crash last month.

There have been calls for a less politically sensitive nomination, as many senior politicians are facing charges in the corruption scandal. Mr Temer said he had chosen Mr Moraes for his solid academic credentials.

The 49-year-old lawyer is a member of the PSDB party, which is part of Mr Temer’s governing coalition. He joined the cabinet in May, when Mr Temer replaced President Dilma Rousseff, who was facing impeachment proceedings.

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