The Brazilian Workers’ Party, known by its Portuguese initials of PT, of president Lula continues to reel from crisis to crisis.
Hammered by a continuing corruption scandal and the wholesale implementation of neo-liberal politics, the party continues to lose its best militants.
The second round of internal party elections in mid-October witnessed a concerted challenge to right wing dominance within the party. Lula’s hand-picked candidates narrowly won the top positions.
Convinced that the PT has no future as a socialist party, important sections of the party have left.
Parts of the trade union and social movements have defected to P-Sol, the recently formed socialist party.
In addition to various elected officials, over 400 trade union militants publicly resigned from the PT and joined P-Sol at the National Popular and Left Wing Assembly held in Sao Paulo on 25 September.
Recently recognised as an official party, P-Sol continues to grow in the midst of the crisis in the PT and the Lula government.
The task for socialists is clear — build P-Sol as a rank and file socialist party, committed to socialism and the struggle against capitalism not only in parliament but in the streets and workplaces.
Go to P-Sol’s website (in Portuguese): www.psol.org.br
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