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Fernando Haddad
Fernando Haddad Prefeito 2016.jpg
51st Mayor of São Paulo
In office
1 January 2013 – 1 January 2017
Vice Mayor Nádia Campeão
Preceded by Gilberto Kassab
Succeeded by João Doria
Minister of Education
In office
29 July 2005 – 24 January 2012
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Dilma Rousseff
Preceded by Tarso Genro
Succeeded by Aloizio Mercadante
Personal details
Born (1963-01-25) 25 January 1963 (age 55)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Political party Workers' Party
Spouse(s) Ana Estela Haddad
Alma mater University of São Paulo

Fernando Haddad (born 25 January 1963) is a Brazilian academic and politician who served as Mayor of São Paulo from 2013 to 2017. He is the Workers' Party candidate for President of Brazil in the 2018 election, replacing former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose candidacy was barred by the Superior Electoral Court under the Clean Slate law.[1]

He is of Lebanese Orthodox Christian origin and studied law, economics and philosophy at the University of São Paulo.[2] He was Minister of Education from 2005 to 2012 in the cabinets of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff.[3]


Haddad holds a master's degree in economics and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of São Paulo.[4] He has devoted much of his career to public service: he has been a consultant for the Fundação Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas — an economics research institute — based at the School of Economics, Business and Accounting of the University of São Paulo,[5] chief of staff to the Finance and Economic Development Secretary of the municipality of São Paulo,[5] and a special advisor to the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management.[5] He is also a professor in the politics department of the University of São Paulo.[6]

Haddad took over the cabinet position of Minister of Education on 29 July 2005, when his predecessor, Tarso Genro, left the position to become the chairman of the Workers' Party.[5]

During the 2012 municipal elections, Haddad was a candidate for Mayor of São Paulo. After successfully advancing to the second round, he faced former mayor José Serra[7] (who was the most voted candidate in the first round)[8] and won with 55.57% of the valid votes.[2]

In June 2013, his administration faced big demonstrations, when São Paulo city hall and the government of the state of São Paulo (which runs the train and metro system of São Paulo) announced the raising of tickets prices from R$3,00 to R$3,20.[9] The demonstrations, known as the 2013 protests in Brazil, were the biggest protest movement since those in 1992 against President Fernando Collor de Mello.

On October 2, 2016, Haddad lost his bid for re-election to Brazilian Social Democracy Party candidate and media mogul João Doria Júnior, receiving only 17% of the vote.[10] He left office on January 1, 2017.

2018 presidential election[edit]

Haddad was announced as Lula da Silva's running mate in the 2018 presidential election in August 2018. However, the Superior Electoral Court ruled on 31 August that the former president is ineligible to run because his candidacy doesn't qualify under the Ficha Limpa law, which bans people convicted on appeal from running for public office; Lula was arrested in April after his conviction for corruption was upheld by the federal court of the fourth region.[11] On 11 September 2018, Haddad was named by the Workers' Party as Lula's replacement, with Communist Party legislator Manuela d'Ávila taking Haddad's place as the vice presidential candidate.[1]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Gilberto Kassab
51st Mayor of São Paulo
Succeeded by
João Doria
Government offices
Preceded by
Tarso Genro
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Aloízio Mercadante
Party political offices
Preceded by
Aloízio Mercadante
PT nominee for Vice President of Brazil
2018 (declined)
Most recent
Preceded by
Dilma Rousseff (2014)
Luís Inácio Lula da Silva (2018)
PT nominee for President of Brazil
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