Ministers Anderson Torres, of Justice and Public Security, and André Mendonça, of the Attorney General of the Union, took office this Tuesday (March 30, 2021) in a reserved and closed ceremony to the press at Palácio do Planalto. The names of the 2 were announced on Monday (29.mar) as part of a ministerial reform led by President Jair Bolsonaro.
André Mendonça, who led the Minister of Justice and Public Security, takes over the AGU for the 2nd time. His first stint as general counsel for the Union took place between January 2019 and April 2020. Born in Santos, on the coast of São Paulo, he has been a lawyer for the Union since 2000. He holds a doctorate and a master's degree in law the University of Salamanca, in Spain.
Mendonça must remain at the AGU until an eventual indication for a vacancy in the STF (Supreme Federal Court). Minister Marco Aurélio Mello will leave the Court on July 5, 2021, one week before the mandatory retirement limit, when he will be 75 years old. With that, there will be room for a new nomination of Bolsonaro.
Chief Officer Anderson Torres announced on his official social media page that he was sworn in as Minister of Justice and Public Security. He assumes the vacancy that was occupied by Mendonça.