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Brazil Supreme Court suspends swearing-in of labor minister

January 22, 2018

SAO PAULO (AP) — The head of Brazil’s Supreme Court has put the swearing-in of the nominee for labor minister on hold after a group of lawyers sought to block her appointment because of past labor law violations.

The uproar over lawmaker Cristiane Brasil’s appointment is yet another blow to President Michel Temer’s administration, which has been beset by scandal that has led several ministers to resign. Temer himself faced two sets of corruption charges, but Congress voted to spare him a trial while he is in office.

The Supreme Court announced Monday that its president, Carmen Lucia, was suspending Brasil’s swearing-in until the case could be fully examined.

The Movement of Independent Labor Lawyers argues Brasil is not fit for office because labor courts have found infractions in her employment of two drivers.

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