Selma Arruda

Selma Arruda
Senadora Selma Arruda.jpg
Arruda in 2019
Senator for Mato Grosso
In office

1 February 2019 – 15 April 2020
Personal details
Selma Rosane Santos Arruda

(1963-01-20) 20 January 1963 (age 57)

Camaquã, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Political party PODE (2019–present)
Other political

PSL (2018–2019)
Alma mater UniRitter (LL.B.)
Occupation Politician, judge

Selma Rosane Santos Arruda (born 20 January 1963) is a Brazilian politician and retired judge. Although born in Rio Grande do Sul, she has spent her political career representing Mato Grosso, having served as state senator in 2019.[1]

Judicial career [ edit ]

Arruda is an alumnus of the Centro Universitário Ritter dos Reis. She served as a state judge in the state of Mato Grosso from 1995 to 2017.[2] Arruda gained fame and notoriety as a judge for her anti-corruption campaign, earning her the nickname "the Moro of Mato Grosso" after Sérgio Moro, the head judge of Operation Car Wash.[2] In 2015 she ordered the arrest of former governor  Silval Barbosa on corruption charges.[2]

She retired from judicial office in March 2017 after serving as a judge for 22 years.[3] In May 2019 Arruda was awarded the order of merit by the city council of Cuiabá for her fight against corruption.[4]

Political career [ edit ]

In the 2018 Brazilian general election Arruda, along with Jayme Campos, was elected to the national senate from the state of Mato Grosso. Arudda was the most voted candidate in the state of Mato Grosso that election.[5] Strong themes of Arruda's senate campaign agenda included anti-corruption and encouraging private property.

On 10 April 2019 Arruda was unanimously ordered to be dismissed by the Regional Electoral Court of Mato Grosso, rendering her ineligible to serve in public office along with state deputies Gilberto Possamai and Clerie Fabiana. However, the senator can still appeal to the Superior Electoral Court without having to leave the office, while the conviction is questioned judicially. Selma and the others were accused of breaking campaign rulers by hiring irregular advertising before the official campaign began.[6] Arruda said she will appeal the decision in the federal courts.[7] On 10 December 2019 by the vote of 6 to 1, the Superior Electoral Court voted to disqualify Arruda from political office.[8]

On 18 September 2019 Arruda switched political parties and joined Podemos.[9][10]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Juiza Selma Arruda 170 (PSL) Senador - Mato Grosso - Eleições 2018" (in Portuguese). Gazeta do Povo. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Souza, André (24 March 2017). "Chamada de 'Moro de MT', juíza relata rotina protegida por 9 seguranças" (in Portuguese). G1 Globo. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  3. ^ Bachega, Jessica (23 March 2017). "Após 22 anos na magistratura, juíza Selma Arruda ingressa com pedido de aposentadoria" (in Portuguese). Hipernotícias. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Selma Arruda é homenageada na Câmara de Cuiabá". Redação (in Portuguese). O Roncador. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Juíza Selma Arruda (PSL) e Jayme Campos (DEM) são eleitos senadores por MT" (in Portuguese). G1 Globo. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  6. ^ "TRE cassa mandato de senadora do PSL" (in Portuguese). O Antagonista. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  7. ^ Araújo, Pollyana (11 April 2019). "TRE-MT cassa Selma Arruda e suplente por caixa 2 e abuso de poder econômico e determina nova eleição" (in Portuguese). G1 Globo. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  8. ^ Shalders, André (11 December 2019). "Por que a senadora Selma Arruda, a 'Moro de Saias', foi cassada" (in Portuguese). BBC Brazil. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  9. ^ Siqueira, André (18 September 2019). "'Moro de saias', Selma Arruda se filia ao Podemos" (in Portuguese). Veja. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  10. ^ Testi, Fabiola (17 September 2019). "Senadora Selma Arruda deixa o PSL e se filia ao Podemos nesta 4ª" (in Portuguese). Metrópolis. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
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