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Bolsonaro drama makes electoral court ceremony event of the season

With a view to defending Brazil's electoral system — under attack from President Bolsonaro — almost all major political figures showed up to the swearing-in ceremony of new electoral court head Alexandre de Moraes

Bolsonaro drama makes electoral court ceremony event of the season
Heads of the three branches of government line up for a photo during the inauguration of Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes as Brazil’s new chief electoral justice. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

This week’s inauguration of Justice Alexandre de Moraes as head of Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court was unlike any previous event of its kind. There is no record — at least in recent history — of a judicial swearing-in ceremony that gathered nearly as many major political figures as showed up to the court’s headquarters on Tuesday night.

While the total attendance of around 2,000 is not unheard of, the reputation of the guests present was astounding. 

Beyond the two leading presidential frontrunners for October’s election — President Jair Bolsonaro on stage, challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva sat in the...

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