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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After days in limbo, Supreme Court Justice Celso de Mello announced on Tuesday that the appointment of Minister Wellington Moreira Franco to the General Secretariat of the Presidency was valid and will be maintained. Two injunctions by opposition parties had questioned the nomination.

"The appointment of someone to the post of Minister of State, provided that the requirements set forth in Article 87 of the Constitution of the Republic are met, does not in itself constitute a hypothesis of misuse of purpose,” said Mello in his decision.

The controversy arose . . .

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