Progressive Party (Brazil)

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Progressive Party
President Francisco Dornelles
Founded 1995 (as PPB)
April 4, 2003 (as PP)
Headquarters Senado Federal - Anexo - 17º Andar, Brasília
Ideology Conservatism
Political position Right-wing[1][2]
International affiliation None
Colours          Blue and Red
TSE Identification Number 11
Seats in the Chamber of Deputies
41 / 513
Seats in the Senate
4 / 81
Party flag
Progressive Party logo.jpg
Politics of Brazil
Political parties

The Progressive party (Portuguese: Partido Progressista, PP) is a right-wing Brazilian political party embracing conservatism.

Founded in 1995, as Brazilian Progressive Party (PPB), by the union of:

The party entered in coalition with the Brazilian Social Democracy Party and the Liberal Front Party, supporting President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. In 2003 the party re-changed its name to the Progressive Party. PP has also supported the Workers' Party government since 2003.

At the parliamentary elections, held in October 2006, the party won 42 of the 513 seats in the chamber of deputies, and it has 1 of the 81 seats in the Senate. At the 2010 elections, PP won 41 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, and made gains in the Senate for a total of 5 seats. It lost an extremely close gubernatorial runoff in Roraima to the PSDB, and won no state governorships.

Its most well-known politicians are Paulo Maluf, mayor and governor of São Paulo for several terms; Esperidião Amin, former governor of Santa Catarina and senator; and Francisco Dornelles, former minister of Labour and senator for Rio de Janeiro (state).

The party has from its very beginning shown a tendency for regional division, with the section from Rio Grande do Sul state often threatening with secession, in part due to what is viewed by them as condescendence of the party's national direction towards members involved in corruption scandals, including Paulo Maluf (who has recently been discharged from his post as de facto leader of PP). The national orientation of the party has been one of close alliance with Lula's Workers' Party government (except on issues sensitive to the right wing core of PP, such as taxes)[citation needed], while the section of Rio Grande do Sul once more show a defiant stance in aligning itself more often with the opposition.


  1. ^ Matos, Carolina (2008), Journalism and Political Democracy in Brazil, Lexington Books, p. 295 
  2. ^ Goldfrank, Benjamin (2011), "The Left and Participatory Democracy: Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela", The Resurgence of the Latin American Left (Johns Hopkins University Press): 174 
Preceded by
10 - BRP (PRB)
Numbers of Brazilian Official Political Parties
11 - PP
Succeeded by
12 - DLP (PDT)