Brazil's Meirelles won't run for office in 2006

The president of Brazil's central bank, Henrique Meirelles, has ruled out joining a political party, a move which would have allowed him to run for office next year.

"I would like to announce that I won't join any political party because I understand that at this time it's not opportune for the country," he said at a media briefing in his home state of Goias, where he was seen as a potential candidate for governor.

Registering for a party would have represented the first formal step by Meirelle

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