Supreme Court Chief Justice Says Armed Forces Cannot Act As “Moderators”

The justice commented in a video conference about the Supreme Court's role in times of crisis.

05RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Federal Supreme Court (STF) Presiding Justice Dias Toffoli said on Saturday, June 20th, that according to the 1988 Constitution, the Armed Forces are not allowed to act as a "moderating power" over the other Republican branches of government.

After quoting Article 142 of the Constitution, which deals with the powers of the Armed Forces, Toffoli said the 1988 Charter "stated that the Supreme Court is the guardian of the Constitution. The Armed Forces can no longer be a moderating power".

The statement was made during a videoconference on The Role of the STF in Times of . . .

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