Brazil’s Meirelles denies preparing run for President

Brasilia, (IANS) Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles has rubbished reports suggesting that he has declared himself as a candidate in the 2018 presidential elections.

Speaking to local radio station Radio Gaucha, Meirelles denied claims printed Thursday by news magazine Veja, stating that he had admitted he could become a candidate, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Finance Ministry also denied Veja’s claims.

Meirelles said that his focus “at the moment is to do a good job as Minister of Finance and ensure that Brazil consolidates its path of growth, not only in this (year) but also in the years to come.”

He, however, recognized that there “exists an important space in Brazilian politics for those who defend reforms, the modernization of the economy”.

“I am aware that many people have certain expectations for a candidate who defends this line of action and also has experience,” Meirelles said.

“Independently of what we will do in the future, continuing for a few months plus the year to come as Minister of Finance or continuing to any other challenge, we will remain open to dialogue.”

Meirelles added that the deadline to declare an intention to run for president is March 31, 2018.

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