December 17, 2009 / 1:13 PM / 9 years ago

Brazil's Meirelles says not eyeing vice-presidency

BRASILIA, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Brazil’s central bank chief, Henrique Meirelles, said on Thursday he was not interested in running for the vice-presidency in next October’s election and had not decided whether to step down in April.

Meirelles joined the centrist PMDB party in September, fueling speculation that he could step down from his role at the bank by April 3, the deadline for running for public office.

Party sources said that one of the jobs he could be considered for was vice-president under Dilma Rousseff, currently the government’s chief of staff and the likely presidential candidate of the ruling Workers’ Party.

“I have no aspiration for a job of that type, a job at the national level,” Meirelles said during a radio interview when asked if he wanted to be Rousseff’s running mate.

“I’m not participating in any negotiations in relation to that issue,” he said.

The former Wall Street executive was originally expected to run for the Senate or the governorship in his home state of Goias.

He is widely credited with keeping inflation in check and helping to ensure economic stability in Latin America’s largest economy.

Meirelles reiterated that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had asked him to stay in office through December 2010, the end of the president’s second four-year term.

Meirelles said he would remain focused on running the central bank and not politics until April 3.

Rousseff trails Sao Paulo state Governor Jose Serra of the opposition PSDB party by a wide margin in opinion polls.

Reporting by Raymond Colitt; Editing by Eric Beech

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