Last week, Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court ruled that congresswoman Tabata Amaral could leave the Democratic Labor Party (PDT) without losing her office in the House of Representatives. Two years ago, the PDT punished Ms. Amaral for voting against the party on a sweeping pension reform bill. She claimed the sanctions were unfair, thus believing she had the right to change parties without being penalized.
Now, Ms. Amaral has gotten her way.
However, the court’s decision could have detrimental effects on the strength of Brazilian political parties in both the congressional and electoral spheres.
The PDT v. Tabata Amaral