Career before the PresidencyEdit
Entering politics in the late 1950s, Adriano first served as alderman and deputy mayor of Juiz de Fora, before getting elected as mayor (1956 to 1958). He resigned as mayor in 1958 and ran successfully for the Federal Senate. He soon became a senior figure in the MDB (Movimento Democrático Brasileiro – Brazilian Democratic Movement), a movement to increase the validation of elections through monitors and to institute instant runoff voting, as well as improve the state of Brazilian democracy in general. Elected as a senator in 1960, he was defeated in an attempt to be elected governor of Minas Gerais in 1966 as a candidate of the Liberal Party (PL). During his Senate term, Claro served as PL leader in that chamber.
The Path to ElectionEdit
Disallusioned with his current party and their conservatism, Adriano Claro and a group of like-minded politicians founded the People's Party in 1970, a party focusing on increasing government control in the economy and ensuring public welfare and working towards the increasing of democratic ideals. Adriano vehemently opposes communism, which he sees as a totalitarian machine for Chinese influence, but he does not discount socialistic economic policies.
The new party, after a few years of silence, lit the Brazilian political world on fire in 1972, with Claro nearly defeating a popular incumbent, Sofia Veracruz, of the Liberal Party. Very few people doubted Claro's election in 1976, with fear over China's communist imperialism spiking, as well as an increased desire for greater democracy.
President Adriano Claro was sworn into the presidency on July 25th, 1976, after a tremendous majority of Brazilians voted for him, shafting Liberal candidates who hoped to gain the office.
President Claro's first major act was the signing of an instant-runoff election bill on August 7th to much fanfare. Having already accomplished one of his major goals in the first few days of his presidency, he turned to the other, much larger problem: foreign policy.
The President has all but verbally declared war on the idea of authoritarian communism, and believes that the spread of Chinese and American influence can only negatively affect the world. The major foreign policy goal of his first term, which he achieved, was the uniting of all South American countries into one loose federation by which it could exercise global influence, the SAC.