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Combative Justice Assumes Brazil Electoral Court Before Vote

  • Alexandre de Moraes will head court during October’s election
  • He has opened multiple probes into Bolsonaro and his allies
Alexandre de Moraes
Alexandre de MoraesPhotographer: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg
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Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes was sworn in as head of Brazil’s electoral court Tuesday in a ceremony attended by dignitaries including President Jair Bolsonaro just weeks ahead of what’s expected to be a hotly contested election.

Moraes takes over the electoral court, known as the TSE, at a challenging time. The judge has had to open numerous probes of social media campaigns aimed at undermining faith and confidence in the integrity of the electronic voting system Brazilians will use in October’s general election.