Brazilian President Michel Temer on Monday named Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes, 48, to the Supreme Court in a move that could speed up consideration of a series of sweeping corruption cases. Moraes must still be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, he will take the seat left vacant last month by the death of Justice Teori Zavascki. Zavascki’s death in a plane crash caused delays in the court’s consideration of motions in the corruption cases. Monday’s swift action by President Temer could get the cases back on track by next month. Moraes is a member of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB), a key element in Temer’s congressional coalition. He holds a law doctorate from the University of São Paulo. He served as a prosecutor and was a São Paulo police chief before being named to the Justice Ministry post last year.
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