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Brazil's first black Supreme Court justice elected as high court's first black president

Brazil's first black Supreme Court justice has been chosen as the presiding judge for the high court.

Joaquim Barbosa was elected Wednesday as Supreme Court president. His two-year tenure begins next month with the retirement of the court's current president, Carlos Ayres Britto.

Barbosa currently is presiding over a high-profile corruption trial involving a congressional cash-for-votes scheme.

His election is not a surprise because the Supreme Court presidency always goes to the justice who has sat on the bench the longest. Barbosa became a Supreme Court justice in 2003 and is the only black to have ever served on the court.