Brazil faces tough task on reform

BRAZIL - Time is running out on the Brazilian government's efforts to garner support for key reforms as President Fernando Henrique Cardoso starts his final year in office.

While the government is pushing for legislation on tax reform, social security, and central bank independence, congressional leaders admit that many important bills could collect dust ahead of the October 2002 elections.

"It will be difficult for these bills to be fully approved in Congress before the end of the first half

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