Brazilian Senate Approves Rousseff’s Supreme Court Nominee

Brazil’s Senate accepted President Dilma Rousseff’s nomination to the Supreme Court, handing the government a victory hours before Congress starts voting on her proposals to stave off a credit downgrade.

The Senate voted 52 to 27 on Tuesday in favor of Luiz Edson Fachin, who will replace Joaquim Barbosa after he retired from the Supreme Court in July 2014. The decision came just minutes after the Senate by one vote rejected Guilherme Patriota, Rousseff’s nominee for the Organization of American States.

Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday is scheduled to start voting on three pieces of legislation that would boost fiscal savings and revenue in order to narrow the budget deficit.

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