October 9, 2018 / 5:52 PM / a year ago

Brazilian leftist Haddad rules out bankers for finance minister job

Fernando Haddad, presidential candidate of Brazil's leftist Workers' Party (PT), attends PT's national executive meeting, in Sao Paulo, Brazil October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s leftist presidential candidate Fernando Haddad said on Tuesday he will not tap any banker as his future finance minister if elected in an Oct. 28 run-off election.

“It may be an economist or business leader, but not a banker,” Haddad told Radio Guaiba in an interview.

Haddad, who came in a distant second to far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Sunday’s first-round vote, said his choice will be “the polar opposite” to Paulo Guedes, a University of Chicago-trained banker chosen by Bolsonaro to lead his economic policies.

Reporting by Tatiana Bautzer; Editing by Brad Brooks and Paul Simao

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