Miguel Arraes

Miguel Arraes
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Personal details
Born (1916-12-15)December 15, 1916
Araripe, Ceará, Brazil
Died August 13, 2005(2005-08-13) (aged 88)
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Political party PST (1959–1964)
PMDB (1980–1990)
PSB (1990–2005)
Alma mater Universidade do Brasil, now Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Miguel Arraes de Alencar (December 15, 1916 – August 13, 2005) was a Brazilian lawyer and politician. He was mayor of Recife, State Deputy, Federal Deputy and three times Governor of Pernambuco.[1][2][3]


Arraes was born in Araripe in the state of Ceará, but moved to Pernambuco after graduating from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Law.[2][3]

Imprisonment and exile

In the military takeover of the government of Brazil in 1964 Arraes was jailed and exiled. He initially refused to resign as governor of Pernambuco and was jailed by the military government in a political prison on the island of Fernando de Noronha. Arraes remained in prison for 11 months before being granted asylum in Algeria. He remained there for 14 years and returned to Brazil in 1979.[1][2][3]

See also


  1. ^ a b Cavalcanti, Luiz (2013). Pernambuco : uma história política. Recife: Edições Bagaço. pp. 133–138. ISBN 9788537309339.
  2. ^ a b c Guardian Obituary
  3. ^ a b c "Miguel Arraes de Alencar" (in Portuguese). Recife, Brazil: Governo de Pernambuco. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.

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