The death of Brazil’s social democracy

Social Democracy Party leader João Doria
João Doria taking office as the governor of São Paulo

Today, the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) as we know it will come to an end. Barring a hecatomb, São Paulo Governor João Doria is set to confirm his grip of the party—ending the rule of the intellectuals of the São Paulo elite and marking PSDB’s sharp turn to the right. In a race with one only candidate, former member of Congress Bruno Araújo (who cast the deciding vote on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment) will be elected the party’s chairman after being handpicked by Mr. Doria.

Last week, during an event introducing new members to the...

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