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Michel Miguel Elias Tamer Lulia , born September 23, 1940) is a Brazilian lawyer and politician who has been Vice President of Brazil  since January 2011. He took office after standing as the running mate of Workers’ Party candidate Dilma Rousseff in the 2010 election. He is also the President of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party.

He previously served for six consecutive terms as Federal Deputy  for the sate of São Paulo in the Chamber of Deputies,  and on three separate occasions served two-year terms as President of the Chamber (in 1997-1998, 1999-2000 and 2009-2010).  Tamer was also a member of the 1988  National Constituent Assembly, which promulgated the current Constitution of Brazil.

Biography and career.

Born in Tieste,  São Paulo state, Tamer holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Law Faculty of the University of  São Paulo and a doctorate from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. He served as State prosecutor and and twice as State Secretary for Public Security, in both capacities working in São Paulo. He is a licensed professor of Constitutional Law at PUC-SP, and has authored numerous books on the subject.

Michel  Tamer’s  family originates from the Lebanese  town of Btaaboura in the district of Koura.

He is the second Vice President of Brazil of Lebanese descent after Jose Maria Alkmin.

Michel Tamer has been the recipient of various foreign honors, including the Grand Cross of Dannebrog, the Knighthood of the Order of Prince Henry (Grand Officer) and the French Legion d’Honneur.

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