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Lula says influence-peddling scandal shall be investigated

09-21-2010 11:47 BJT

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Monday the influence-peddling scandal involving his former chief of staff Erenice Guerra will be investigated.

According to Alexandre Padilha, the institutional relations minister, Lula said at a cabinet meeting that all accusations must be verified, no matter who or what ministry they were related to.

"The government wants the truth. No accusation will be left unverified," Padilha said.

The office of Brazil's chief of staff has been in the center of a political scandal since last week, when a daily and a news magazine accused Guerra, her son Israel and employees of her office of participating in a scheme to benefit a company through a government contract and obtaining a million dollar bribe to approve a loan in the Brazilian Development Bank.

Ruerra denied all accusations, which she claimed to be a desperate plot of the opposition. She decided to step down from her position Thursday.

It is not known whether the scandal will cause any damage to ruling party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff in the Oct. 3 presidential elections. Rousseff was Brazil's chief of staff until late March, when she left to run for president.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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