Popular Socialist Party (Brazil)

Popular Socialist Party
Partido Popular Socialista
President Roberto Freire
Founded March 19, 1992
Split from Brazilian Communist Party
Headquarters SCS Q. 7 bloco A - Ed. Executive Tower - sl. 826/828 - DF
Ideology Social democracy
Democratic socialism
Social liberalism
Third Way
Political position Centre-left[1][2]
International affiliation None
Colours Red, Yellow
TSE Identification Number 23
Seats in the Chamber of Deputies
9 / 513
Seats in the Senate
1 / 81

The Popular Socialist Party (Portuguese: Partido Popular Socialista, PPS, also translated as Socialist People's Party) is a political party in Brazil.


It was founded in 1992, after the main body of the Brazilian Communist Party decided to dissolve the party and refound it as a democratic socialist party as part of a political realignment following the collapse of the Soviet Union. A minority faction 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 national executive decided to withdraw its support.[3] Ciro Gomes of the PPS did not resign his position as Minister for National Integration, leading to his being removed from the PPS's National Executive. At the 2006 legislative elections, the party won 21 seats in the chamber of deputies. At the same time, party members retained the state governorships of Mato Grosso and Rondônia. In the presidential election, the PPS endorsed Geraldo Alckmin of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB).

The PPS suffered setbacks in the 2010 general elections, where it won 12 seats in the Chamber of Deputies (-10 from 2006.) However, it also 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.

Electoral results

Presidential elections

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


  1. Kinzo, Maria D'Alva G. (2001), "Transitions: Brazil", Democracy in Latin America: (Re)Constructing Political Society, United Nations University Press, p. 39
  2. Matos, Carolina (2008), Journalism and Political Democracy in Brazil, Lexington Books, p. 295
  3. Steve Kingstone, "Political blow for Brazil's Lula", BBC News, 13 December 2004.
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