Lula appoints two new ministers to the Superior Electoral Court

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva nominated André Ramos Tavares and Floriano de Azevedo Marques to join the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). The nomination was announced this Wednesday, 24, by the minister of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Alexandre de Moraes at the closing of the plenary session of the STF. The names had been taken to the Chief Executive in a four-fold list, defined by the Supreme Court during the afternoon.

The new nominees will occupy the vacancies of titular ministers in the category of jurists, reserved for lawyers. Both replace Sérgio Banhos and Carlos Horbach — their mandates ended last week. As there is no need for new names to go through the Senate’s sabbath, the newly appointed ministers already take office at the Superior Electoral Court.

The formation of the TSE Court is composed of seven ministers, including three from the STF, two from the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and two others chosen from among lawyers — who, in this case, are appointed by the President of the Republic from four names elected by the Supreme Court. Each of the ministers has a replacement, if the holder is absent for any reason, the replacement will be automatic.

Who are the nominees for positions in the Superior Electoral Court?

André Ramos Tavares was already acting as deputy minister of the Electoral Court . Tavares was appointed in 2022 by former President Jair Bolsonaro from a triple list forwarded to him by the STF. At the time of his nomination, André Ramos Tavares was the favorite for the post.

Floriano de Azevedo Marques is a former director of the Faculty of Law at USP and professor of the Department of State Law. Taken as the favorite of Minister Alexandre de Moraes for nomination to the TSE, the lawyer has good relations with PT names and criticized Operation Lava Jato.