May 28, 2017 / 8:00 PM / 7 months ago

Scandal-hit Brazilian leader Temer picks new justice minister

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Scandal-plagued Brazilian President Michel Temer on Sunday named a new justice minister, placing a respected legal figure in the position as the leader defends himself against corruption allegations.

Brazil's President Michel Temer smiles during a meeting with representatives of the Brazilian Chamber of Construction Industry and businessmen, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

The presidential palace gave no reason for naming Torquato Jardim as his new justice minister in a short written statement.

Since March, Jardim was the nation’s transparency minister. Before that, he had served as a justice on Brazil’s top electoral court.

Jardim replaced Osmar Serraglio, a lawmaker from Temer’s own party, who had been in that post for just three months. A source close to Temer told Reuters that Serraglio will soon be announced as the new transparency minister.

Reporting by Lisandra Parragassu; Writing by Brad Brooks; Editing by Mary Milliken

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