* Brazil welcomes more than one candidate for IMF post
* Brazil's Mantega proposes shortened term for next chief
* Carstens to visit Brazil next week seeking support
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BRASILIA, May 25 Brazil is pleased there is
competition for the job to head the International Monetary Fund
and will seek commitments to give emerging markets more clout
in the IMF, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said on Wednesday.
"I think it's good that candidacies are launched," Mantega
told reporters in Brasilia.
"More important than the names, for us ... are the
candidates' commitments regarding the IMF agenda," he said.
Mantega's remarks come as Mexico's central bank chief
Agustin Carstens, who faces French Finance Minister Christine
Lagarde in the race for the IMF job, will travel to Brazil next
week to seek support.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn stepped down as the IMF managing
director to defend himself from charges including attempted
Brazil and other emerging market nations have criticized EU
officials for suggesting the IMF chief must continue to be a
European, a convention that dates to the founding of the global
lender after World War Two.
Mantega also repeated Brazil's call that the next IMF chief
only fill out Strauss-Kahn's term, through next year.
"We will propose to the executive directory, perhaps
because of the lack of time to have a deeper debate, that this
could be a mandate to finish the mandate of Dominique," Mantega
said, referring to Strauss-Kahn.
(Reporting by Hugo Bachega; Writing by Raymond Colitt; Editing
by Vicki Allen)