BBC – 10/11/2012
Judge Joaquim Barbosa, who was born into a poor family, has been praised for his judicial independence.
He will take over the post once the “Mensalao” corruption trial ends.
Brazil has the largest black population after Nigeria. Many are descended from African slaves, but black people rarely achieve high office.
Mr Barbosa, 58, was elected by his fellow judges, following the Court’s tradition of nominating its most senior member.