The Workers’ Party, the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), and the Green Party (PV) made their federation official on Monday. For the next four years, they will be joined at the hip as a single “super party.”
Party federations are a new feature of the Brazilian political system, aimed at helping smaller parties to meet electoral thresholds. By teaming up with the Workers’ Party, Brazil’s biggest force left of center, the PCdoB and PV are sure to continue receiving public funds for at least another legislative cycle. For the Workers’ Party, the alliance increases its zone of direct influence.
Still, the Workers’ Party failed to get the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) on board, due to multiple local disputes. The biggest of these squabbles concerns the São Paulo gubernatorial race: the Workers’ Party want poll leader Fernando Haddad to run, while the PSB are adamant they will stick with second-placed Márcio França.