Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Celso de Mello on Tuesday night ruled that Wellington Moreira Franco can be appointed to a key presidential advisory position that confers cabinet status. Political opponents of President Michel Temer sought an injunction to deny Moreira Franco’s appointment to head the president’s General Secretariat. They said the appointment was being made to shield Moreira Franco from prosecution under a broad corruption investigation. Cabinet members can only be charged and tried by the Brazilian Supreme Court. Moreira Franco already serves in a key post organizing a government privatization and concession program. Temer said he needs Moreira Franco in the cabinet-level role because of the latter’s experience and political contacts. Moreira Franco is a former governor of Rio de Janeiro and has held various cabinet positions during his long career.
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