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Brazil's ruling party presidential candidate rebuts corruption accusations

09-21-2010 14:03 BJT

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's ruling party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff rebutted Monday the accusations of corruption made by a local daily.

Daily Folha de Sao Paulo published Monday a story accusing Rousseff of favoring a survey company named Meta, when she was secretary of mines and energy in Rio Grande do Sul state in the 1990s.

The candidate, who participated in a campaign in the morning, said the accusations were untrue and stressed that the expenses in the secretariat must be approved by the state's accountability office.

"All my expenses were approved, and that is not in the story. This extremely important information was hidden," Rousseff said.

Rousseff explained that Meta was hired by the government in 1994 to carry out an unemployment survey. She also said she would post the accountability office's approval reports on her campaign blog, in order to avoid further troubles.

In addition, Rousseff rebutted the accusations made on Sunday by her main opposition candidate Jose Serra over the influence-peddling scandal involving Rousseff's successor in the chief of staff position Erenice Guerra.

Guerra resigned last week after two accusations of participating in schemes to favor companies in contracts with the government. When Rousseff was Brazil's chief of staff, Guerra was her right hand woman.

On Sunday, Serra questioned Rousseff's statement that she did not know any illegal things in the ministry. Serra said that she was either incompetent for not knowing the truth or was an accomplice in the scheme.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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