Brazil's Lula says central bank chief to stay

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said he will keep central bank President Henrique Meirelles in his post, denying a report in O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper that he was planning to replace the embattled central bank chief.

Speculation has mounted that Lula would axe Meirelles, who is under investigation for alleged tax evasion, to indicate he is taking steps to root out corruption amid accusations that members of his ruling coalition paid legislators for votes and ran a briber

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