April 3, 2018 / 5:00 PM / 22 days ago

Brazil Finance Minister Meirelles joins ruling party, eyes presidential run

BRASILIA, April 3 (Reuters) - Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles joined the ruling Brazilian Democratic Movement party (MDB) on Tuesday with an eye to running for president or becoming President Michel Temer’s running mate in the October election.

Meirelles, 72, is expected to resign as minister by the end of the week, which under Brazilian election law is the deadline for leaving a government position before the campaign. Deputy Finance Minister Eduardo Guardia is expected to replace him. (Reporting by Anthony Boadle)

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