The Brazilian Senate on Wednesday voted 55-13 to confirm former Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes as a Supreme Court justice. Moraes, 49, will join the 10 other members of the 11-member court later this month. He replaces Teori Zavascki, who died in an air crash in January. The Moraes nomination stirred some controversy in Congress on fears he would be lax in pursuing cases of official corruption. In congressional testimony, Moraes said he supported current efforts by federal police and prosecutors to root out corruption. Now, with a full complement of justices, the Supreme Court is expected to speed up consideration of key corruption cases currently on its docket.
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