For the first time in 100 years in Brazil, a Federal Supreme Court (STF) minister is expected to run for the presidency of Brazil in this year’s elections. The former president of the Brazilian Judicial Court, Joaquim Barbosa, 63, is practically right-handed at the polls in 2018. He joined the PSB party on April 6th before the deadline for those who intend to run for elective office.
The last – and only – time it happened was in 1919, when the former STF minister and then Senator Epitacio Pessoa disputed and won the lawsuit. The election was held in extraordinary form, after the death of the president-elect the previous year, Rodrigues Alves.
Pessoa joined the STF between 1902 and 1912. Until 1905, he accumulated the position with the attorney of the Republic, according to his biography available in the National Collection. After leaving the Supreme on health grounds, he was elected to represent Paraíba, his home state, in the Senate. He left the Presidency of the Republic in 1922.
Não há outra saída: os brasileiros devem se mobilizar, ir para as ruas e reivindicar com força: a renúncia imediata de Michel Temer.
— Joaquim Barbosa (@joaquimboficial) May 19, 2017
As for the fact that a minister of the Supreme tries to become chief of the Executive, he emphasizes that the Judiciary is the protagonist of the current crisis. “The Judiciary is the main hero in history, who is going against corruption, who is cleaning up politics, who is doing something that nobody did before,” he says.
The PSB announced the affiliation of Joaquim Barbosa, former president of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and there is an expectation that the former minister is the candidate of the party to the Presidency of the Republic, but this possibility is still being studied by Barbosa and PSB.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, the former president admitted that he still does not know what his position will be in the October election, but said he has joined in order not to miss the deadline if he wants to run for president. The Electoral Justice requires that candidates have at least six months of party membership. The parties have until August 15 to submit the application for registration of candidates.
“Joaquim Barbosa is an honorable public man with an admirable trajectory, who reinforces and qualifies the cadres of the party. It is a pleasure to have the former minister in the PSB at this very challenging moment in our country,” said Siqueira, who recalled the performance of Barbosa in the STF. “He left his personal mark of firmness and independence, and by bringing forward progressive arguments in the court contributed to a significant civilizational advance in Brazilian society,” he added.
Born in Paracatu (MG) and humble in origin, Joaquim Barbosa arrived in the 1970s in Brasília, where he studied Law at the University of Brasília. During his public career, he worked for almost two decades as prosecutor of the Federal Public Ministry.
In the latest Datafolha poll for the presidential election, released on January 31, Barbosa appeared with 3% to 5% of the voting intentions, in different scenarios with diverse candidates.
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