Liberal Party (Brazil)
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|President||Valdemar da Costa Neto|
|Founded||June 25, 1985|
|Headquarters||SCN-Qd. 2, Bl. D Sala 601, Edifício Liberty Mall Asa Norte, Brasília|
|Political position||Centre-right to Right-wing|
|Colours||Red, blue and white|
|TSE Identification Number||22|
|Politics of Brazil
The Liberal Party (Partido Liberal, PL) was a conservative political party of Brazil, merged (2006) in the Republic Party. The Pentecostal Universal Church of the Kingdom of God heavily influenced the party after 1999. In the 2002 election, José Alencar of the PL was the running mate of Lula da Silva and became the vice president. At the legislative elections, 6 October 2002, the party won 26 out of 513 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and three out of 81 seats in the Senate of Brazil and supported Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's government. Some of its members were investigated following corruption allegations and suspected involvement in the so-called "Mensalão scandal". The Universal Church has now partially left PL to create a new party named Brazilian Republican Party (PRB) in 2005.
At the last elections, held in October 2006, the Liberal Party won 23 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and one seat in the Senate for a total of three senate seats. The party did not run candidates in presidential or gubernatorial elections.
The Republic Party (Partido da Republica, PR) was founded on December 21, 2006 by the merger of the Liberal Party and the Party of the Reconstruction of the National Order (Partido da Reedificação da Ordem Nacional, PRONA).
- Liberal Party official website
- Mainwaring, Scott (1997), "Multipartism, robust federalism, and presidentialism in Brazil", Presidentialism and Democracy in Latin America (Cambridge University Press): 67
- Hunt, Stephen (2011), "Evaluating Prophetic Radicalism: The Nature of Pentecostal Politics in Brazil", Pentecostal Power: Expressions, Impact and Faith of Latin American Pentecostalism (Brill): 168
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