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Brazilian Labour Party (current)

The Brazilian Labour Party (Portuguese: Partido Trabalhista Brasileiro, PTB) is a political party in Brazil founded in 1981 by Ivete Vargas, niece of President Getúlio Vargas. It claims the legacy of the historical PTB, although many historians reject this because the early version of PTB was a center-left party with wide support in the low class.[3] Despite the name suggesting a left unionist labor party, the PTB joined a coalition which is by the centre/centre-right PSDB.

Brazilian Labour Party

Partido Trabalhista Brasileiro
PresidentRoberto Jefferson
FounderIvete Vargas
Founded3 November 1981
HeadquartersSAS, Qd. 1, Bloco M, Ed. Libertas, Loja 101
Brasília, Brazil
Civic nationalism
Political positionCentre to centre-right[2]
ColoursBlack, White, & Red
TSE Identification Number14
Seats in the Chamber of Deputies
12 / 513
Seats in the Senate
0 / 81


In 1981, the military dictatorship that had dismantled the historic PTB decided to revoke its legislation which enforced a two-party state. Ivete Vargas, niece of Getúlio Vargas, became the president of the party.

Soon thereafter, a social democratic wing of the original PTB, led by Leonel Brizola, founded the Democratic Labour Party (PDT). This ensured that the PTB would abandon leftist politics, ultimately embracing centrist politics.[citation needed]

In 1989 a small dissident faction of moderate social democrats and populists abandoned PTB and founded the Labour Party of Brazil (PTdoB).

Popular supportEdit

At the legislative elections of October 6, 2002, the party won 26 out of 513 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 3 out of 81 seats in the Senate.

Before the 2010 presidential election, PTB participated in the coalition government of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and did not field presidential candidates. The party, however, did not support Lula's candidate to succeed him, Dilma Rousseff (herself a former historical PTB/PDT member), as it embarked on PSDB José Serra's failed campaign for President.[4]


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  3. ^ "Election Resources on the Internet: Federal Elections in Brazil". Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Brazil Elections Result". Retrieved December 8, 2014.

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Preceded by
13 - WP (PT)
Numbers of Brazilian Official Political Parties
14 - BLP (PTB)
Succeeded by
15 - BDM (MDB)