Brazil’s Kingmaker Party, the PMDB, Takes Center Stage

REED JOHNSON, LUCIANA MAGALHAES AND ROGERIO JELMAYER, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/29/2015 

The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party became one of this nation’s most powerful political forces by adopting an unusual strategy: Instead of seeking the presidency, it has long functioned as Brazil’s kingmaker, trading its support to the ruling party in exchange for patronage jobs and influence.

Over the past 20 years, that winning formula has helped the centrist party, known as the PMDB, become the largest holder of national, state and local offices. “No one governs Brazil without the PMDB,” according to one adage.

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