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Bolsonaro set to leave his fingerprints on Brazil’s justice system

Even if he is voted out of office at the end of 2022, President Jair Bolsonaro will have a year full of appointing judges to high and appellate courts, hoping to shape Brazil's justice system in his own image

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President Jair Bolsonaro and André Mendonça celebrate the latter’s confirmation to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

Flagging in the polls 10 months removed from the 2022 election, President Jair Bolsonaro has tried to win voters back by telling them that the next head of state will have the right to appoint two Supreme Court justices by 2026. After already picking two members of the 11-seat court, winning re-election would give Mr. Bolsonaro to reshape the court with a total of four nominations at the very least. 

Mr. Bolsonaro has never demonstrated any shame in appointing firm allies to high court positions, even suggesting in the 2018 campaign that he could pack the Supreme Court with...

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