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Senate approves Bolsonaro nominations for STJ

The Senate approved the nomination of the federal judges chosen by President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) for the two vacancies of Minister in the Superior Justice Tribunal (STJ). On Tuesday the 22nd, the plenary confirmed the names of Paulo Sérgio Domingues and Messod Azulay Neto, appointed by the president in August.

Domingues’ name received 57 votes in favor, two against and three abstentions. Azulay Neto was approved in the Senate with 61 favorable votes and two abstentions. Voting is secret. Before, those chosen passed by the Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ), in which they were approved by consensus by the collegiate.

Azulay Neto is a federal judge at the Federal Regional Court of the 2nd Region, in Rio de Janeiro. He should take the vacancy of Minister Napoleão Nunes Maia Filho, who asked for retirement.

Domingues served as a federal judge at the Federal Regional Court of the 3rd Region, in São Paulo. He will take the place of minister Nefi Cordeiro, also retired.

The STJ is responsible for standardizing the understanding of Brazilian federal legislation and is composed of 33 ministers. It is also the body that analyzes appeals from Courts of Justice and Federal Regional Courts.

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