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Rooted in faith, Bolsonaro’s Supreme Court pick gets Senate nod

With André Mendonça confirmed as the Supreme Court's newest member, will he be the "extremely evangelical" justice Bolsonaro was looking for?

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The Senate voted 47 to 32 to confirm the nomination of André Mendonça, an “extremely evangelical” legal mind. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

Flagging in the polls ahead of the 2022 presidential election, President Jair Bolsonaro has one clear strategy: hold on to the constituencies he still has in his corner, and hope anti-left sentiment will be strong enough to push him over the line in a runoff.

Among his key bases of support are Brazil’s Evangelical Christian leaders, who boast significant influence in the country thanks to their ever-swelling congregations. In his first year in office, Mr. Bolsonaro promised to use one of his Supreme Court nominations to appoint an “extremely evangelical” justice to the country’s highest tribunal — pandering to...

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