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 working class.[5] Despite the name suggesting a left-leaning unionist labour party, the PTB joined a coalition led by the centrist to centre-right PSDB.

Brazilian Labour Party
Partido Trabalhista Brasileiro
PresidentRoberto Jefferson
FounderIvete Vargas
Founded3 November 1981
Preceded byBrazilian Labour Party (historical)
HeadquartersSAS, Qd. 1, Bloco M, Ed. Libertas, Loja 101
Brasília, Brazil
Social conservatism
Economic liberalism
Brazilian nationalism
Right-wing populism[2]
National conservatism
Political positionRight-wing to far-right[3]
Centre-left to centre-right[4]
Colours  Black
  Navy blue
TSE Identification Number14
Seats in the Chamber of Deputies
12 / 513
Seats in the Senate
0 / 81

The party has recently shown strong support for the government of Jair Bolsonaro,[6] presenting policies from a more right-wing angle, in addition to affiliating federal deputy Daniel Silveira, known for making references to AI-5.[7]


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 all but ensured that the PTB would abandon leftist politics, ultimately embracing centrist or slightly right-leaning politics.[citation needed]

In the 1989, a small dissident faction of moderate social democrats and populists abandoned the 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.[8]


  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "De partido sem ideologia a sigla dos "leões conservadores": Como o PTB quer atrair Bolsonaro".
  3. ^ "De partido sem ideologia a sigla dos "leões conservadores": Como o PTB quer atrair Bolsonaro".
  4. ^ Derbyshire, J. Denis; Derbyshire, Ian (1989). Political Systems Of The World. Allied Publishers. p. 114. ISBN 9788170233077. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Election Resources on the Internet: Federal Elections in Brazil". Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "De partido sem ideologia a sigla dos "leões conservadores": como o PTB quer atrair Bolsonaro". Gazeta do Povo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-02-27.
  7. ^ "Roberto Jefferson diz que Daniel Silveira se filiou ao PTB". ISTOÉ Independente (in Portuguese). 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-02-27.
  8. ^ "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)