Brazilian Presidents

As the capital of Brazil, the workplace of the presidents of the country was erected in Brasilia as well. The official office is called the Palácio do Planalto or the Palace of the Plateau in English, it is in Praça dos Três Poderes. Although this is where the head of the country reports for work, the President along with his family does not reside here. Their official residence is at the Palácio da Alvorada or the Palace of Dawn.

Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the architect who conceptualized the whole city of Brasilia, Palácio da Alvorada lies in SHTN Asa Norte. Among the presidents who lived/lives here are:

Juscelino Kubitschek

Being the president who kicked off Brasilia’s construction, Juscelino Kubitschek is the first president to live in Brasilia. Palácio da Alvorada’s name was taken from his quote, “Brasília is a new dawn in the History of Brazil.”

Kubitschek served Brazil from 1956 to 1961. Brazil’s economic prosperity and the inauguration of the country’s new capital are among his greatest contributions as Head of Brazil.

Following Kubitschek were Jânio Quadros, Ranieri Mazzilli, and João Goulart who served the country for a short period.

Castelo Branco

Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco or simply, Castelo Branco served Brazil as president from April of 1964 to March of 1967 during the military dictatorship. He is from the National Renewal Alliance Party which is a military party.

Branco, who died in a plane crash was succeeded by five more presidents (Costa e Silva, Augusto Rademaker, Emilio Medici, Ernesto Geisel, and João Figueiredo) before the new republic was born 1985.

Tancredo Neves

Ending the military tyranny, Tancredo de Almeida Neves, or just Tancredo Neves would’ve been Brazil’s first president for its new public. Unfortunately, just a day before he takes an oath of office, Neves got sick and died later on. He was succeeded by José Sarney who was Neves’ elected vice president.

Fernando Collor

From the Party of the National Reconstruction, Fernando Collor served as president from the year 1990 to 1992; he stepped down the office to avoid getting impeached. After his recognition, Itamar Franco, his vice president took over the vacated political seat. Coming from a political family, Collor, in 2006, was elected as a senator to represent Alagoas state.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Re-elected in 2006 as president of the country, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva first ran for the position in 1989 but got lost. He finally won the people’s hearts in 2002 and got inaugurated on the 1st day of January in 2003. He is one of the founding members of the Partido dos Trabalhadores or the Worker’s Party.