Cidadania (Portuguese: Citizenship) is a Brazilian political party. It was once named Popular Socialist Party (Portuguese: Partido Popular Socialista), but the National Convention approved the new naming,[2] and it was later approved by the Superior Electoral Court.[3]

PresidentRoberto Freire
FoundedMarch 19, 1992 (as Popular Socialist Party)
March 23, 2019 (as Citizenship)
Split fromBrazilian Communist Party
HeadquartersSCS Q. 7 bloco A - Ed. Executive Tower - sl. 826/828 - DF
Social liberalism
Third Way
Democratic socialism
Left-wing nationalism
Scientific socialism
Political positionCurrent:
Centre[1] to centre-left
Left-wing to far-left
International affiliationForo de São Paulo (1992-2004)
  •   Blue
  •   Magenta
  •   Cyan
TSE Identification Number23
Seats in the Chamber of Deputies
9 / 513
Seats in the Senate
3 / 81


It was founded in 1992 after the main body of the Brazilian Communist Party decided to reinvent itself as a social democratic party following the collapse of the Soviet Union. A minority faction of the Brazilian Communist Party retained the old name.

The PPS was a part of the coalition government of Brazilian President Luis Inácio da Silva until December 2004, when its leader withdrew its support from the coalition.[4] Ciro Gomes of the PPS refused to resign from his position as Minister for National Integration, leading to his removal from the PPS's National Executive. The same year, PPS withdrew from the Foro de São Paulo, denouncing its support for the authoritarian government of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and the dictatorship of Fidel Castro in Cuba.[5]

In the 2006 legislative elections, the party won 21 seats in the chamber of deputies. At that time party members held the state governorships of Mato Grosso and Rondônia. In the presidential election, the PPS endorsed Geraldo Alckmin of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB).

The PPS suffered setbacks in the 2010 general elections when it lost 10 seats in the Chamber of Deputies leaving just 12 remaining, although the party won its first Senate seat. It won no state governorships. The party again supported the PSDB presidential candidate, this time José Serra, and was part of his Brazil can do more alliance.

Later the party consolidated its position in the opposition to PT. It supported the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in 2016[6] and formed a coalition with the provisional government with the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) and the PSDB, under the rule of Michel Temer.[7]

In 2018, the PPS leadership announced a name change. The justification, according to the leadership, was that the party needs to modernize to attract cadres from the entire political spectrum, new social movements and not be mistakenly branded as a radical party heir to the Brazilian Communist Party or close to parties linked with Brazilian old socialists like PT or PCdoB. The party received new members, such as former black-headed toucans, members of the progressive liberal LIVRES (Frees) movement, who left the PSL after the party took a hard turn to the right with Jair Bolsonaro's affiliation and support for his presidential campaign, and members of new progressive social movements like the AGORA (Now) and ACREDITO! (I Believe!). The party must acquire a more liberal and less social-democratic ideology, occupying a more centrist position in the Brazilian political scenario.

The decision of the new party name will take place after the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the party will only rebrand itself definitively after the 2018 elections[8]

For the Brazilian general elections of 2018 PPS joined the coalition To unite Brazil, in support of the candidacy of Geraldo Alckmin. The coalition also includes Brazilian Social Democracy Party, Democrats, Progressistas, Party of the Republic, Brazilian Republican Party, Solidariedade, Brazilian Labour Party and Social Democratic Party.

In 23 March 2019, in an Extraordinary Congress, the party decided to changes its name to Citizenship (Cidadania), officially dropping any reference to socialism and social democracy and moving toward social liberal and centrist positions. The new name will be judged by the TSE and is pending of approval.[9][10][11]

In an interview of 17 July 2019 party leader Roberto Freire said that Citizenship is in opposition to President Jair Bolsonaro.[12]

On 19 September 2019, the new name was approved by TSE.[13]

International relationsEdit

Soon after its foundation, the Popular Socialist Party became a member of the Foro de São Paulo, an association of South American leftist parties which also included the majority of Brazilian left-wing formations (PCB, PCdoB, PT, PDT, PSB). However, in 2004 PPS withdrew from the Foro, denouncing its support for authoritarian regimes in Cuba and Venezuela.[14]

Despite being in the past a social democratic party, PPS has never been a member of the Socialist International (position held by PDT) nor the Progressive Alliance (position held by PSB and PT).

Electoral resultsEdit

Presidential electionsEdit

Year Candidate Votes %
1998 Ciro Gomes 7,424,783 11.0%
2002 Ciro Gomes 10,166,324 12.0%
2006 No candidate, endorsed Geraldo Alckmin n/a n/a
2010 No candidate, endorsed José Serra n/a n/a
2014 No candidate, endorsed Marina Silva n/a n/a
2018 No candidate, endorsed Geraldo Alckmin n/a n/a

Main leadersEdit

  • Roberto Freire, National President of the party, former Minister of Culture, Federal Deputy and Senator
  • Rubens Bueno, Federal Deputy
  • Arnaldo Jordy, Federal Deputy
  • Cristovam Buarque, former Senator, Minister of Education and Governor
  • Raul Jungmann, former Minister of Defence, Minister of Public Security and Federal Deputy
  • Itamar Franco, former Senator, Governor and President of Brazil
  • Soninha Francine, City Councillor
  • Fernando Santana, Honorary President of the party, former Constituent Deputy
  • Denise Frossard, former Federal Deputy, candidate for Governor of Rio de Janeiro in 2006
  • Arnaldo Jardim, Federal Deputy, former State Deputy
  • Luciano Rezende, Mayor of Vitória
  • Humberto Souto, Mayor of Montes Claros, former Federal Deputy
  • Davi Zaia, State Deputy
  • Alex Manente, Federal Deputy, former State Deputy and City Councillor
  • Jorge Kajuru, Senator, former City Councillor


  1. ^ Kinzo, Maria D'Alva G. (2001), "Transitions: Brazil", Democracy in Latin America: (Re)Constructing Political Society, United Nations University Press, p. 39
  2. ^ Cury, Teo (23 March 2019). "PPS aprova mudança de nome e vai se chamar Cidadania" (in Portuguese). Estadão. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Aprovada a mudança do nome do PPS para Cidadania" (in Portuguese). Tribunal Superior Eleitoral. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  4. ^ Steve Kingstone, "Political blow for Brazil's Lula", BBC News, 13 December 2004.
  5. ^ "#BlogCidadania23: Algumas verdades sobre o "Foro de São Paulo", o PT e os tiranetes que enxovalham a esquerda democrática". #BlogCidadania23. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  6. ^ Zerek, Helder. "PPS conclama todos brasileiros a irem às ruas contra a corrupção e pelo impeachment de Dilma no dia 13".
  7. ^ "Roberto Freire diz que PPS vai continuar apoiando o governo". 20 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-06-30. Retrieved 2018-06-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Em congresso extraordinário, PPS adota o nome Cidadania" (in Portuguese). Partido Popular Socialista. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Em congresso em Brasília, PPS adota o nome Cidadania" (in Portuguese). O Globo. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  11. ^ Cury, Teo (23 March 2019). "PPS aprova mudança de nome e vai se chamar Cidadania" (in Portuguese). Estadão. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Freire diz que Cidadania é oposição ao governo Bolsonaro". Cidadania23 (in Portuguese). 2019-07-17. Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  13. ^ "Aprovada a mudança do nome do PPS para Cidadania". Superior Electoral Court (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  14. ^ "Blog do PPS: Algumas verdades sobre o "Foro de São Paulo", o PT e os tiranetes que enxovalham a esquerda democrática". Blog do PPS. 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2018-11-27.

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23 - CDN
Succeeded by