Historian, teacher and politican who has represented Paraná in the Federal Senate since 1999. He is a member of the Podemos Party (formerly the National Labor Party), and was the governor of Paraná from 1986 - 1989.
He graduated with a degree in history from the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters at the State University of Londrina in 1967.
On 4 August, 2018, he officially announced his candidacy for President of Brazil. His campaign received the support of the Social Christian Party, the Progressive Republican Party, and the Christian Labor Party.
He is the son of Silvino Fernandes Dias, a farmer, and Helena Fregadolli, and has a brother, politician Osmar Dias. He's married to Débora Amaral de Almeida Fernandes Dias, and together they have two children, Carolina Fernandes Dias and Alvaro Fernandes Dias Filho.