Social Democratic Party (Brazil, 2011)
The Social Democratic Party (Portuguese: Partido Social Democrático, PSD) is a political party in Brazil led by Gilberto Kassab and uniting dissidents from various political parties, especially the DEM, PSDB and PP. The PSD supported the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff.
|President||Alfredo Cotait Neto|
|Founded||March 21, 2011|
|National affiliation||With the Strength of the People|
|Colours||Blue, Green, & Yellow|
|TSE Identification Number||55|
|Chamber of Deputies|
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History and ideologyEdit
The party, founded in 2011 by São Paulo mayor Gilberto Kassab, was criticized by members of the opposition political parties, primarily the DEM, as supporting the government. Many DEM members accused the PSD of being created by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to destroy the DEM and deliver on a promise made to PT supporters to "exterminate the DEM from the Brazilian political scenario". The party was criticized for having a common-sense program, making vague references to economic freedom, political reform and welfare, and being hard to differentiate from other political parties except those on the hard left. According to Kassab, "We are neither a right-wing party nor a left-wing nor a centrist party".
In many Brazilian states, the PSD took a classic liberal stance on economics and had good election results. The party has good relationships with major political parties such as the centre-left Brazilian Socialist Party, the conservative liberal Progressive Party, the centrist PTB, the evangelical Brazilian Republican Party and the social democratic Popular Socialist Party. Since its inception, the party has been associated with fusions with other parties, primarily the PP and PSB. It has endured on the Brazilian political scene, and has more representation than any political party other than the major ones. The party chaired the Finance Ministry of Brazil in Michel Temer's government, and its coalition with PP in most of the country is a major force in Brazilian politics.
PSD elected many senators and some governors in the brazilian center-south, with support of Jair Bolsonaro. The party also was the fourth biggest representation in Brazilian chamber of representatives and give a turn to more centre-right and liberal conservative members.
- "Kassab funda PSD com promessa de apoio a Dilma". Folha de S. Paulo. April 14, 2011.
- "Dois senadores do PR votaram contra impeachment". Correio do Lago (in Portuguese). 12 May 2016.
- "'Precisamos extirpar o DEM da política brasileira', afirma Lula". Eleições 2010 (in Portuguese). 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2018-10-11.