Tancredo Neves, Brazil (1910-1985)

Tancredo Neves was born in 1910 in Sao Joao Del Rey. He was Prime Minister of Brazil from 1961 to 1962.

In August 1984, whilst Governor of Minas Gerais State, Neves was named presidential candidate for the liberal alliance. At the presidential election in January 1985 Neves was elected Brazil's first civilian president for 21 years. Prior to the inauguration ceremony Neves was taken ill and died in April 1985 having aided the implementation of democracy in Brazil following military governments. Josť Sarney took over as acting President and implemented the commitment of Neves, including restoring direct elections by universal suffrage.

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