Opinion: Has PMDB Taken Over Power in Brazil?

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – PMDB was the successor to MDB, the official opposition party created by the military dictatorship, whose initials stood for Movimento Democrático Brasileiro. PMDB was the party of President Tancredo Neves and José Sarney, Tancredo’s VP who succeeded him as President in 1985, and Itamar Franco, Fernando Collor’s VP who succeeded him as President in 1992.

PMDB has never been a party with any ideological bias; after 1985, it never ran candidates for President, preferring congressional, state and municipal power to Presidential. It has been extraordinarily successful, typically holding the . . .

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