Supreme Court in Brazil gets first black president
October 12, 2012, 1:20 pm TWN
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.