The Alvorada Palace, official residence of the president of Brazil, pictured in June 2011

The president of the Federative Republic of Brazil is the chief executive of the government of Brazil and commander in chief of the country's Armed Forces. Below is a list of presidents of Brazil.

Brazil before the Proclamation of the Republic

Brazil had two monarchs during the time of the United Kingdom with Portugal: Maria I (1815–1816) and John VI (1816–1822). When this Kingdom was created, queen Maria I was already considered incapable due to mental illness and the Portuguese Empire was ruled by prince John, later king John VI, as regent. As an independent nation, Brazil had two monarchs, emperors Pedro I (1822–1831) and Pedro II (1831–1889). The second woman to govern Brazil, after Maria I, was Leopoldina of Austria, who acted as regent in 1822 and had a great influence on Brazil's independence process, having been responsible for signing the decree that separated Brazil from Portugal.

Having proclaimed independence of the Kingdom of Brazil from Portugal in 1822, prince Pedro, the son of king John VI, was acclaimed the first Emperor of Brazil on 12 October 1822. After abdicating the throne, on 7 April 1831, he was succeeded by his son Pedro de Alcântara, who reigned as Pedro II of Brazil. The third woman to rule Brazil was princess Isabel, heir presumptive to the throne, who acted as regent of Brazil in various periods (1870–1871, 1876–1877 and 1887–1888) while her father, emperor Pedro II, performed foreign visits. During her last regency she sanctioned, on 13 May 1888, the Golden Law (Imperial Law No. 3,353), which abolished slavery in Brazil. Pedro II was deposed along with the 74-year-old monarchy on 15 November 1889 in a bloodless and unpopular military coup d'état.

The First Republic (1889–1930)

Main article: First Brazilian Republic

In 1889, the Empire of Brazil was abolished and replaced with a republic in a coup d'état led by marshal Deodoro da Fonseca, who deposed emperor Pedro II, proclaimed Brazil a Republic and formed a provisional government. The 15 November 1889 military coup began as an attempt to overthrow the Empire's prime minister, Afonso Celso, Viscount of Ouro Preto, but the unprecedented coup against a prime minister appointed by the emperor and who enjoyed the confidence of the elected Chamber of Deputies quickly escalated to the abolition of the monarchy.

With the proclamation of the Brazilian Republic, the Imperial constitution ceased to operate, the Imperial Parliament (the General Assembly) ceased to exist, and not only was the Viscount of Ouro Preto removed from office, but the position of prime minister itself ceased to exist. As head of the provisional government, Deodoro da Fonseca ruled by decree, holding both the functions of head of state and of head of government. The former provinces of the Empire were reorganized as states and the newly proclaimed republic was declared a federation, formed by the perpetual union of those states.

In 1890, elections for a Constituent Congress were summoned and held, but the decree of the provisional government that created the Congress required it to adopt a Constitution that conformed to the recently proclaimed republican system of government, and that organized the recently declared Federal State. In February 1891, a new Brazilian constitution was adopted, based on the federal republic of the United States of America. The country itself was named the Republic of the United States of Brazil. In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the presidents of the Republic were to be elected by direct popular vote, but, for the first presidential term, the president and vice president would be chosen by the Constituent Congress; the Constituent Congress was to elect the first president and vice president immediately after the promulgation of the Constitution.

In accordance with those transitional provisions, Congress elected the then head of the provisional government, Deodoro da Fonseca, as the first president of the republic. Marshal Floriano Peixoto was elected by Congress to be the first vice president. The inauguration of the first president and of the first vice president was held on 26 February 1891, only two days after the promulgation of the new Republican Constitution. Deodoro resigned the presidency ten months later after a coup d'état in which he dissolved Congress was reversed. Floriano Peixoto was then inaugurated as president. In 1894, Peixoto was succeeded by Prudente de Morais, the first president of Brazil to be elected by direct popular ballot. Morais, who was the first president to be elected under the permanent provisions of the Constitution adopted in 1891, was also the first civilian to assume the presidency of Brazil.

Although it was theoretically a constitutional democracy, the Old Republic was characterized by the power of regional oligarchies and the seldom broken alternation of power in the federal sphere between the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais. The vote in the countryside was often controlled by local land owners, and less than 6% of the population had the right to vote due to literacy requirements.

In 1930, when Brazil was suffering the effects of the Wall Street Crash of 1929, a revolution broke out in the country and the Old Republic ended. President Washington Luís, who was supported by São Paulo oligarchies, broke the expected alternation between São Paulo and Minas Gerais and supported a candidate who was also from São Paulo, Júlio Prestes. Prestes won the 1930 election, but Washington Luís was deposed three weeks before the end of his term and Prestes was never inaugurated.

No. Portrait Name Elected Term of office Political party Vice president
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Deodoro da Fonseca
1891 15 November 1889 23 November 1891[a] 2 years, 8 days None Vacant[b]
Floriano Peixoto
(Feb.–Nov. 1891)
2 Floriano Peixoto
23 November 1891 15 November 1894 2 years, 357 days None Vacant
3 Prudente de Morais
1894 15 November 1894 15 November 1898 4 years PRF
Manuel Vitorino[c]
4 Campos Sales
1898 15 November 1898 15 November 1902 4 years PRP Rosa e Silva
5 Rodrigues Alves
1902 15 November 1902 15 November 1906 4 years PRP Vacant[d]
Afonso Pena
6 Afonso Pena
1906 15 November 1906 14 June 1909[e] 2 years, 211 days PRM Nilo Peçanha
7 Nilo Peçanha
14 June 1909 15 November 1910 1 year, 154 days PRF
8 Hermes da Fonseca
1910 15 November 1910 15 November 1914 4 years PRC Venceslau Brás
9 Venceslau Brás
1914 15 November 1914 15 November 1918 4 years PRM Urbano Santos
Rodrigues Alves
1918 Never took office[f] PRP Delfim Moreira
10 Delfim Moreira
15 November 1918 28 July 1919[g] 255 days PRM Vacant
11 Epitácio Pessoa
1919 28 July 1919 15 November 1922 3 years, 110 days PRM Delfim Moreira[h]
Bueno de Paiva
12 Artur Bernardes
1922 15 November 1922 15 November 1926 4 years PRM Estácio Coimbra
13 Washington Luís
1926 15 November 1926 24 October 1930 3 years, 343 days PRP Melo Viana
Júlio Prestes
1930 Never took office[i] PRP Vital Soares

The Vargas Era (1930–1946)

Main article: Vargas Era

The Vargas Era consists of two different republics: the Second Republic, from 1930 to 1937, and the Third Republic, from 1937 to 1946.

Prior to 1929, Brazilian politics was controlled by an alliance between the two largest state economies; known as "coffee with milk politics", coffee growers in São Paulo combined with the dairy industry centred in Minas Gerais to create an oligarchy, with the presidency alternating between the two states. This practice was broken when the leaders of São Paulo and president Washington Luís nominated their fellow Paulista Júlio Prestes as candidate for the presidential elections in 1930. In response, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul and Paraíba formed the "Liberal Alliance" backing opposition candidate Getúlio Vargas.

When Prestes won the March 1930 Presidential election, the Alliance denounced his victory as fraudulent, while Vargas's running mate, João Pessoa, was assassinated in July. A revolution then began on 3 October 1930 and quickly spread throughout the country; by 10 October, both Rio Grande do Sul and Minas Gerais had announced their support. Washington Luís was deposed on 24 October, and the Brazilian Military Junta of 1930 took over; Vargas assumed leadership of the junta on 3 November 1930, marking the end of the First Brazilian Republic and beginning of the Vargas Era.

The 1932 Constitutionalist Revolution led to the adoption of a new Constitution in 1934. However, the constitution was annulled and Vargas became a dictator in the name of law and order in 1937. His rule occupies two periods of Brazilian history, the Second Brazilian Republic and the Third Brazilian Republic, known as the Estado Novo.

No. Portrait Name Elected Term of office Political party Vice president
Took office Left office Time in office
Second Republic
Military junta of 1930 24 October 1930 3 November 1930 10 days None Vacant
14 Getúlio Vargas[j]
1934 3 November 1930 10 November 1937 7 years, 7 days None Vacant
Estado Novo
14 Getúlio Vargas[k]
10 November 1937 29 October 1945 7 years, 353 days None Vacant
15 José Linhares
Acting president[l]
29 October 1945 31 January 1946 94 days None Vacant

The Fourth Republic (1946–1964)

Main article: Fourth Brazilian Republic

In 1945, Vargas was deposed by a military coup led by ex-supporters. Nevertheless, he would be elected president once again and his influence in Brazilian politics would remain until the end of the Fourth republic. In this period, three parties dominated the national politics. Two were pro-Vargas – in the left, PTB and in the centre-right, PSD – and another anti-Vargas, the rightist UDN.

This period was very unstable. In 1954, Vargas committed suicide during a crisis that threatened his government and he was followed by a series of short-term presidents. In 1961, UDN won national elections for the first time, supporting Jânio Quadros, who himself was a member of a minor party allied to UDN. Quadros, who, before his election, rose meteorically in politics with an anti-corruption stance, unexpectedly resigned the presidency seven months later. Some historians suggest that Quadros was heavily drunk when he signed his resignation letter, while others suggest that Quadros felt that Congress would not accept his vice-president as president, and would ask for his return. Those historians, therefore, see Quadros' resignation as an attempt to return to office with increased powers and more political support. It is possible that both occurred: Quadros was drunk when he resigned, and in that state, he devised the plan to return to power by Congressional request. The plot failed: Congress simply received Quadros' letter, and amid the shock of politicians and of the Nation, the letter was entered into the records of Congress and the presidency was declared vacant. The president of Congress, Senator Auro de Moura Andrade, took the view that the deed of resignation was the province of the elected president, that it was not subject to a congressional vote, needing no confirmation, and that the president's declaration of resignation was final.

At that time, the president and vice president of Brazil were voted into office separately. The vice president was a political enemy of Jânio Quadros, the leftist João Goulart. Goulart was out of the country, and Congress was controlled by right wing politicians. During Goulart's absence, the president of the Chamber of deputies, Ranieri Mazzilli, took office as acting president of Brazil. There was then a plot to block the inauguration of the vice president as president, but Congressional resistance to the inauguration of Goulart led to a reaction by the governor of Rio Grande do Sul, who led a "legality campaign", and to a split in the military (that, during the fourth Republic, intervened heavily in politics). Amid the political crisis, the solution was the adoption by Congress of a Constitutional Amendment abolishing the presidential executive and replacing it with a parliamentary system of government. Under that negotiated solution, Goulart's inauguration was allowed to proceed, but Goulart would be head of state only, and a prime minister approved by Congress would lead the government. The new system of government's continued existence was subject to popular approval in a referendum scheduled for 1963. The result of this referendum restored the presidential executive and a military coup deposed Goulart in 1964, starting the military dictatorship.

No. Portrait Name Elected Term of office Political party Vice president
Took office Left office Time in office
16 Eurico Gaspar Dutra
1945 31 January 1946 31 January 1951 5 years PSD Vacant
(Jan.–Sept. 1946)
Nereu Ramos[m]
(Sept. 1946–1951)
17 Getúlio Vargas
1950 31 January 1951 24 August 1954[n] 3 years, 205 days PTB Café Filho
18 Café Filho
24 August 1954 8 November 1955[o] 1 year, 76 days PSP Vacant
19 Carlos Luz
Acting president
8 November 1955 11 November 1955[p] 3 days PSD Vacant
20 Nereu Ramos
Acting president[q]
11 November 1955 31 January 1956 81 days PSD Vacant
21 Juscelino Kubitschek
1955 31 January 1956 31 January 1961 5 years PSD João Goulart
22 Jânio Quadros
1960 31 January 1961 25 August 1961[r] 206 days PTN
23 Ranieri Mazzilli
Acting president
25 August 1961 7 September 1961 13 days PSD Vacant
24 João Goulart[s]
7 September 1961 2 April 1964 2 years, 208 days PTB Vacant

The Military Dictatorship (1964–1985)

Main article: Military dictatorship in Brazil

The military coup was fomented by José de Magalhães Pinto, Adhemar de Barros, and Carlos Lacerda (who had already participated in the conspiracy to depose Getúlio Vargas in 1945), then governors of the states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo, and Guanabara, respectively. The coup was planned and executed by the most forefront commanders of the Brazilian Army and received the support of almost all high-ranking members of the military, along with conservative elements in society, like the Catholic Church and anti-communist civil movements among the Brazilian middle and upper classes. Internationally, it was supported by the State Department of the United States through its embassy in Brasilia.[1][2]

Despite initial pledges to the contrary, the military regime enacted in 1967 a new, restrictive Constitution, and stifled freedom of speech and political opposition. The regime adopted nationalism, economic development, and anti-communism as its guidelines.

The dictatorship reached the height of its popularity in the 1970s with the so-called "Brazilian Miracle", even as the regime censored all media, and tortured and exiled dissidents. João Figueiredo became President in March 1979; in the same year he passed the Amnesty Law for political crimes committed for and against the regime. While combating the "hardliners" inside the government and supporting a re-democratization policy, Figueiredo could not control the crumbling economy, chronic inflation and concurrent fall of other military dictatorships in South America. Amid massive popular demonstrations in the streets of the main cities of the country, the first free elections in 20 years were held for the national legislature in 1982. In 1985, another election was held, this time to elect (indirectly) a new president, being contested between civilian candidates for the first time since the 1960s, being won by the opposition. In 1988, a new Constitution was passed and Brazil officially returned to democracy. Since then, the military has remained under the control of civilian politicians, with no official role in domestic politics.

No. Portrait Name Elected Term of office Political party Vice president
Took office Left office Time in office
25 Ranieri Mazzilli
Acting president
2 April 1964 15 April 1964 13 days PSD Vacant
26 Castelo Branco
1964 15 April 1964 15 March 1967 2 years, 334 days None
(until 1966)
José Maria Alkmin
(from 1966)
27 Costa e Silva
1966 15 March 1967 31 August 1969[t] 2 years, 169 days ARENA Pedro Aleixo
Pedro Aleixo
Never took office[u] ARENA Vacant
Military junta of 1969 31 August 1969 30 October 1969 60 days None Vacant
28 Emílio Garrastazu Médici
1969 30 October 1969 15 March 1974 4 years, 136 days ARENA Augusto Rademaker
29 Ernesto Geisel
1974 15 March 1974 15 March 1979 5 years ARENA Adalberto Pereira dos Santos
30 João Figueiredo
1978 15 March 1979 15 March 1985 6 years ARENA
(until Dec. 1979)
Aureliano Chaves
(from 1980)

The Sixth Republic (1985–present)

Main article: History of Brazil since 1985

Brazilian Presidential Standard

In the early 1980s, the military government started a process of gradual redemocratization, called abertura, the final goal of which was democracy. When the term of the last military president was to end, however, no direct elections for President of Brazil took place. For the election of the country's first civilian president since the military coup of 1964, the military maintained the rule that prevailed during the dictatorial regime, according to which an Electoral College made up of the entire National Congress and representatives from State Assemblies was to elect the president. This time, however, the military placed the Electoral College under no coercion, so that its members would be free to select the president of their choice. The Chamber of Deputies and the State Assemblies had been elected, already under the abertura process in the 1982 parliamentary election, but the senators were chosen indirectly, by the State Assemblies, under rules that had been passed by the military regime in 1977 to counter the growing support of the opposition: one third of the senators was chosen in 1982, and two thirds had been chosen in 1978. After the 1982 elections, the ruling party, PDS (the successor of the ARENA), still controlled a majority of the seats in the National Congress.

Tancredo Neves, who had been prime minister during the presidency of João Goulart, was chosen to be the candidate of PMDB, the major opposition party (and the successor of the MDB Party, that had opposed the Military Regime since its inception), but Tancredo was also supported by a large political spectrum, even including a significant part of former members of ARENA, the party that supported the military presidents. In the last months of the military regime, a large section of ARENA members defected from the party, and now professed to be men of democratic inclinations. They formed the Liberal Front, and the Liberal Front Party allied itself to PMDB, forming a coalition known as the Democratic Alliance. PMDB needed the Liberal Front's support in order to secure victory in the Electoral College. In the formation of this broad coalition former members of ARENA also switched parties and joined PMDB. So, to seal this arrangement, the spot of vice-president in Tancredo Neves' ticket was given to José Sarney, who represented the former supporters of the regime that had now joined the Democratic Alliance. On the other hand, those who remained loyal to the military regime and its legacy renamed ARENA as the PDS. In the PDS's National Convention, two right-wing supporters of the military administrations fought for the party's nomination: Colonel Mário Andreazza, then Minister of the Interior in General Figueiredo's administration, was the preferred candidate of the incumbent president and of the military elite, but he was defeated by Paulo Maluf, a civilian and former governor of São Paulo State during the military regime. Tancredo's coalition defeated Maluf, and his election was hailed as the dawn of a New Republic. Andreazza's defeat (by 493 votes to 350) and the selection of Maluf as the PDS's presidential candidate greatly contributed to the split in the party that led to the formation of the Liberal Front. The Liberal Front refused to support Maluf and joined forces with the PMDB in supporting Tancredo Neves, thus forging the Democratic Alliance. Without that split in the PDS, the election of the opposition candidate would not have been possible.

Although elected President of Brazil, Tancredo Neves became gravely ill on the eve of his inauguration and died without ever taking office. Therefore, the first civilian president since 1964 was Tancredo's running mate, José Sarney, himself an ex-member of ARENA. José Sarney's administration fulfilled Tancredo's campaign promise of passing a constitutional amendment to the Constitution inherited from the military regime, so as to summon elections for a National Constituent Assembly with full powers to draft and adopt a new Constitution for the country, to replace the authoritarian legislation that still remained in place. In October 1988, a new democratic Constitution was passed and democracy was consolidated. In 1989, the first elections for president under the new Constitution were held and the young Fernando Collor de Mello was elected for a five-year term, the first president to be elected by direct popular ballot since the military coup. He was inaugurated in 1990 and in 1992 he became the first president in Brazil to be impeached due to corruption. However, he resigned before the final verdict.

A referendum held in 1993 (ahead of the 1993 and 1994 Constitutional Revision) allowed the people to decide the form of government of the state (monarchy or republic) for the first time since the proclamation of the Republic in 1889; the republican form of government prevailed. In the same referendum, the Brazilian people was able to choose again, for the first time since 1963, the system of Government (parliamentary or presidential) and the model of a presidential executive was retained. The revision was a unique opportunity to amend the Constitution with a reduced majority. Had a different form or system of government been chosen in the 1993 referendum, the new institutional structure would have been implemented during the Constitutional Revision. Both the Revision and the referendum on the form and system of government were summoned in the original text of the Constitution. The federal model of the state, retained in the 1988 Constitution, is declared by the Constitution as not subject to abolition, even by Constitutional Amendment. According to those tenets and to the results of the popular vote, only minor changes were made to the institutional framework of the State in the Constitutional Revision, including the adoption of a Constitutional Amendment that reduced the presidential term of office from five to four years.

In 1995, Fernando Henrique Cardoso was inaugurated for a four-year term. In 1997 a Constitutional Amendment was enacted allowing presidents of Brazil to be reelected to one consecutive term. In 1998, then President Fernando Henrique Cardoso became first president of Brazil to be reelected for an immediately consecutive term. In 2003 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was inaugurated. He was reelected in 2006. In 2011 Dilma Rousseff became Brazil's first woman president. In 2015 she began her second term, but in 2016 the Senate of Brazil convicted her on impeachment charges, and she was removed from office, being succeeded by Michel Temer. In 2018 Jair Bolsonaro was elected, taking office on 1 January 2019. In the 2022 elections, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who had served as Brazil's President from 2003 to 2010, was again elected President, becoming the first person to win three Brazilian presidential elections. Also in the 2022 elections, Jair Bolsonaro became Brazil's first first-term President to seek reelection for a second term and lose, since the possibility of reelection to an immediately consecutive second term was first created in Brazil in 1997.

No. Portrait Name Elected Term of office Political party Vice president
Took office Left office Time in office
Tancredo Neves
1985 Never took office[v] PMDB José Sarney
31 José Sarney
(born 1930)
15 March 1985 15 March 1990 5 years PMDB Vacant
32 Fernando Collor de Mello
(born 1949)
1989 15 March 1990 29 December 1992[w] 2 years, 289 days PRN Itamar Franco
33 Itamar Franco
29 December 1992 31 December 1994 2 years, 3 days PMDB Vacant
34 Fernando Henrique Cardoso
(born 1931)
1994 1 January 1995 31 December 2002 8 years PSDB Marco Maciel
35 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
(born 1945)
2002 1 January 2003 31 December 2010 8 years PT José Alencar
36 Dilma Rousseff
(born 1947)
2010 1 January 2011 31 August 2016[x] 5 years, 243 days PT Michel Temer
37 Michel Temer
(born 1940)
31 August 2016 31 December 2018 2 years, 123 days MDB Vacant
38 Jair Bolsonaro
(born 1955)
2018 1 January 2019 31 December 2022 4 years PSL
(until Nov. 2019)
Hamilton Mourão
(from Nov. 2021)
39 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
(born 1945)
2022 1 January 2023 Incumbent 1 year, 108 days PT Geraldo Alckmin


Jair BolsonaroMichel TemerDilma RousseffLula da SilvaFernando Henrique CardosoItamar FrancoFernando CollorJosé SarneyJoão FigueiredoErnesto GeiselEmílio MédiciBrazilian military junta of 1969Costa e SilvaHumberto Castelo BrancoJoão GoulartRanieri MazzilliJânio QuadrosJuscelino KubitschekNereu RamosCarlos LuzCafé FilhoEurico Gaspar DutraJosé LinharesGetúlio VargasBrazilian military junta of 1930Washington LuísArtur BernardesEpitácio PessoaDelfim MoreiraVenceslau BrásHermes da FonsecaNilo PeçanhaAfonso PenaRodrigues AlvesCampos SalesPrudente de MoraisFloriano PeixotoDeodoro da Fonseca

See also


  1. ^ On November 3, 1891, feeling threatened, Deodoro da Fonseca closed the National Congress. Twenty days later, he was forced to resign during the Revolta da Armada and was replaced by his vice-president Floriano Peixoto.
  2. ^ Deodoro da Fonseca held the presidency between 15 November 1889 and 26 February 1891 as head of the Provisional Government, which did not have a vice-president. With the promulgation, on 24 February 1891, of the first republican Constitution, Brazilian elections for president and vice-president would be by direct vote. The Constitution also determined that, exceptionally in that first term, these positions would be elected indirectly, that is, by the National Congress, which elected Deodoro da Fonseca and Floriano Peixoto as president and vice-president, respectively, on 25 February 1891. They were formally sworn in the following day.
  3. ^ Manuel Vitorino, vice-president, served as acting president from 10 November 1896 to 3 March 1897, as president Prudente de Morais was absent from office due to health problems.
  4. ^ The vice-president-elect Silviano Brandão died before he could be sworn in. A new election was then held to fill the vacancy, and Afonso Pena was elected, assuming the vice-presidency on 17 June 1903.
  5. ^ Afonso Pena died on 14 June 1909 and his term was completed by his vice-president, Nilo Peçanha.
  6. ^ Rodrigues Alves fell ill with the Spanish flu before his inauguration, and thus was unable to attend it. His running mate, Delfim Moreira, took office as vice-president and immediately became acting president. Rodrigues Alves ultimately never took the oath of office as he died from his illness in January 1919, and thus Delfim Moreira succeeded to the presidency upon his death.
  7. ^ Vice-president Delfim Moreira succeeded to the Presidency upon the death of president-elect Rodrigues Alves, but, in accordance with the constitutional provisions then in force, since the vacancy of the presidency occurred in the first half of the four-year presidential term, new elections were summoned and Delfim Moreira served only until an elected president was chosen and inaugurated to finish the 1918–1922 presidential term.
  8. ^ Delfim Moreira died on 1 July 1920, during his term as Epitácio Pessoa's vice-president. A new election was held to fill the vacancy, electing Bueno de Paiva, who took office on 10 November of the same year.
  9. ^ Júlio Prestes, elected on 1 March 1930, was unable to take office due to the same coup that ousted Washington Luís.
  10. ^ Getúlio Vargas was de facto president between 3 November 1930 and 20 July 1934, as head of the Provisional Government. On 17 July 1934, he was elected President of the Republic by the National Constituent Assembly, and was formally sworn in three days later for a term that was to last until 3 May 1938.
  11. ^ On 10 November 1937, Getúlio Vargas carried out a self-coup that established the Estado Novo and extended his presidential term. The direct election scheduled for 3 January 1938 was canceled.
  12. ^ José Linhares held the presidency at the summons of the Armed Forces, in his capacity as president of the Supreme Federal Court, due to the deposition of the incumbent.
  13. ^ Eurico Gaspar Dutra was elected on 2 December 1945, while the 1937 Constitution, which provided for six-year terms and no vice-president, was still in force. With the promulgation of the 1946 Constitution, in addition to establishing five-year terms for the president, shortening Dutra's planned term by one year, the position of vice-president was recreated. Nereu Ramos, the first vice-president after the Vargas Era, was indirectly elected by the Constituent Assembly on 19 September 1946, and took office the same day.
  14. ^ Getúlio Vargas committed suicide and was replaced by his vice-president Café Filho.
  15. ^ Café Filho took a leave of absence for health reasons and was replaced by Carlos Luz, president of the Chamber of Deputies. He tried to return to office, but was ousted by impeachment during the Nereu Ramos government.
  16. ^ Carlos Luz was deposed and replaced by the vice-president of the Senate, Nereu Ramos.
  17. ^ Nereu Ramos, as vice-president of the Senate, assumed the Presidency of the Republic, with the deposition of president Carlos Luz and the absence of a vice-president. Nereu held office until the inauguration of Juscelino Kubitschek, who had won the October 1955 elections but was subject to an impeachment petition filed by the National Democratic Union. The petition was unsuccessful and a state of emergency was declared, guaranteeing Juscelino's inauguration.
  18. ^ Jânio Quadros resigned on 25 August 1961.
  19. ^ João Goulart was deposed by the military coup of 1964. During the parliamentary phase, between 8 September 1961 and 24 January 1963, he was only the head of state, since the head of government was assigned to the Prime Minister.
  20. ^ Costa e Silva was elected indirectly on 3 October 1966. His term of office was to be four years. He was removed from office on 31 August 1969 due to health problems. The Armed Forces prevented the constitutional inauguration of the vice-president, Pedro Aleixo, forming a military junta.
  21. ^ Pedro Aleixo, who was prevented from taking office, must be included in the gallery of Presidents of the Republic by virtue of Federal Law No. 12,486 of 12 September 2011.
  22. ^ Tancredo Neves was unable to take office as president on 15 March 1985 due to health problems, and died just over a month later. In the period leading up to Tancredo's death, his vice-president José Sarney took office as acting president.
  23. ^ Fernando Collor was impeached by the Chamber of Deputies on 2 October 1992, and resigned from office on 29 December of the same year.
  24. ^ Dilma Rousseff was temporarily ousted by the Federal Senate on 12 May 2016, and definitively on 31 August 2016, with the final vote on her impeachment.


  1. ^ "Document No. 12. U.S. Support for the Brazilian Military Coup d'État, 1964" (PDF).
  2. ^ Blakeley, Ruth (2009). State Terrorism and Neoliberalism: The North in the South. Routledge. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-415-68617-4.