By Rodrigo Viga Gaier and Ricardo Brito
(Reuters) – President Jair Bolsonaro told ministers that he will nominate the Minister of Attorney General of the Union (AGU), André Mendonça, for the vacancy that will be opened in the Supreme Court with the retirement of Minister Marco Aurélio Mello this month, he said. to Reuters a knowledgeable source.
During a lunch with senators from the Senate Vanguarda parliamentary bloc, Mendonça admitted the nomination of Bolsonaro, noting that he is at the moment of a “pilgrimage”, according to another source.
Dean of the STF, Marco Aurélio will retire copulsorily on July 12, when he turns 75 years old. Mendonça is an evangelical pastor and Bolsonaro has repeatedly promised that he would nominate a “terribly evangelical” name for the Supreme Court.
The nomination of Marco Aurélio’s successor in the Supreme Court will have to be approved by the Senate, after a hearing at the House’s Committee on the Constitution of Justice (CCJ). Last year, Bolsonaro had already nominated minister Nunes Marques for the vacancy that was held by Celso de Mello, who also retired compulsorily when he turned 75 years old.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier, in Rio de Janeiro, and Ricardo Brito, in Brasília)
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