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Brazil re-elects left-wing president
but most governors are centre-right

By Janaina Rochido

18 November 2006: In elections often marked by doubt and surprise, Brazil re-elected its left-wing president but most state governors come from the centre-right of the political spectrum. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT  - Workers Party) won in the second round of the election with almost 61 per cent of the vote. His opponent Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB – Brazilian Social Democracy Party) received 39 per cent. At state level, left-wing and centre-left parties provide nine governors, while 17 newly elected governors belong to centre-right and right-wing parties.

Brazil’s state governors elected in 2006

North Region

State

Elected governor

Party

Politics

Amazonas

Eduardo Braga

PMDB

Centre-right

Para

Ana Julia Carepa

PT

Left-wing

Acre

Binho Marques

PT

Left-wing

Rondonia

Ivo Cassol

PPS

Centre-right

Roraima

Ottomar

PSDB

Right-wing

Amapa

Waldez

PDT

Left-wing

Tocantins

Marcelo Miranda

PMDB

Centre-right

North-East Region

State

Elected governor

Party

Politics

Rio Grande do Norte

Vilma

PSB

Centre-left

Ceara

Cid Gomes

PSB

Centre-left

Pernambuco

Eduardo Campos

PSB

Centre-left

Bahia

Jacques Vagner

PT

Left-wing

Alagoas

Teotonio Vilela Filho

PSDB

Centre-right

Sergipe

Deda

PT

Left-wing

ParaÌba

Cassio

PSDB

Centre-right

Maranhao

Jackson Lago

PDT

Left-wing

Centre-West Region

State

Elected governor

Party

Politics

Distrito Federal

Arruda

Democrats

Right-wing

Mato Grosso

Blairo Maggi

PPS

Centre-left

Mato Grosso do Sul

Andre Puccinelli

PMDB

Centrist

Goias

Alcides Rodrigues

PP

Right-wing

South-East Region

State

Elected governor

Party

Politics

Sao Paulo

Jose Serra

PSDB

Centre-right

Minas Gerais

Aecio Neves

PSDB

Centre-right

Rio de Janeiro

Sergio Cabral

PMDB

Centrist

EspÌrito Santo

Paulo Hartung

PMDB

Centrist

South Region

State

Elected governor

Party

Politics

Rio Grande do Sul

Yeda Crusius

PSDB

Centre-right

Santa Catarina

Luiz Henrique da Silveira

PMDB

Centrist

Parana

Roberto Requiao

PMDB

Centrist


Brazil's political parties
PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores/ Workers Party) left-wing
PDT
(Partido Democrata Trabalhista/ Labour Democrat Party) left-wing, populist
PPS
(Partido Progressista Social/ Social Progressive Party) centre-left
PSB
(Partido Socialista Brasieliro/ Brazilian Socialist Party) centre-left
PMDB
(Partido do Movimento Democratico Brasileiro/ Brazilian Democratic Movement Party) centrist
PSDB
(Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira/ Brazilian Social Democracy Party) centre-right
Democrats
(formerly Partido da Frente Liberal/ Liberal Front Party) right-wing

Brazil re-electes President 'Lula' from the left-wing Workers Party


Also by Janaina Rochido
Brazilian cities pioneer democratic budgeting
To be known as a poor country with problems in areas such as politics and education has been no stumbling-block to Brazil’s pioneering a practice that, little by little, is spreading throughout the world. This is the Participatory Budget (PB). It  is, in general terms, the shared administration between government and citizens where collective decisions are made on how the budget is to be formulated.The first city to employ this practice was Porto Alegre, south Brazil, in 1988, and was initiated by mayor Olívio Dutra, of the Worker’s Party (PT).

Since then, some 300 cities around the world employ the the Participatory Budget. Cities using this process of participation are to be found in various parts of Latin America, as well as in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, England and Belgium.

This experience represents an ‘about turn’ in city administration. Citizens have the opportunity to participate more effectively, instead of just voting anonymously. Under the scheme, anyone interested can participate individually or through social organisations, such as neighbourhood associations. Delegates are elected to take to the assemblies or meetings the demands of the areas they represent.  PB also works with themes, where issues concerning specific areas such as health, education, social welfare and housing are debated. More