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Supreme Court in Brazil gets first black president

BRASILIA -- Joaquim Barbosa, the tough judge overseeing Brazil's corruption trial of associates of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was officially nominated Wednesday to become the first black president of Brazil's Supreme Court.

In a plenary session, the court's 10 justices picked the 58-year-old Barbosa, the most senior member, to assume the rotating presidency for a two-year term.

He will formally take his post in the coming weeks.

In a country, where more than half of the 194-million-strong population is of African descent, Barbosa is the only black on the court.

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