Bolsonaro to be granted president’s diploma by Electoral Court

The ceremony is part of his busy schedule for the week

Published in 10/12/2018 - 14:56 By Agência Brasil - Brasília

Brazil’s President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro is coming to Brasília today (Dec. 10) for the ceremony in which he and Vice-President-Elect Hamilton Mourão will be granted their diplomas by the country’s Electoral Court. The documents will be signed by the court’s Chief Justice Rosa Weber, who will open the ceremony and name two other justices to lead the Bolsonaro and Mourão to the plenary session.

The diplomas are granted so that the winners of the election can take office. It serves to confirm that the politicians chosen have fulfilled all formalities set forth in the electoral legislation and are fit for office.

The ritual has been conducted since 1951, when Getúlio Vargas was once again president through vote. The ceremony was suspended during the military rule (1964–1985) and was brought back after the redemocratization of Brazil, in 1989, when Fernando Collor de Mello was elected.

Bolsonaro’s inauguration will take place on January 1, and his tenure will last until 2022.

Political engagements

The president-elect’s schedule for this week is busy and includes a number of meetings with future governors and lawmakers of several political parties. In the meeting with his PSL (Social Liberal Party), Bolsonaro will try to address the internal disagreement which led to a recent exchange of accusations. The PSL was the party that saw the biggest growth after this year’s elections, with 42 new seats in the lower house, now second only to the PT’s 56.

The meetings come after Bolsonaro unveiled all of his 22 cabinet members. The last name tapped was announced Sunday (2) on social media by the president-elect himself: lawyer and administrator Ricardo de Aquino Salles, future minister of the environment.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Nira Foster

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