April 12, 2017 / 8:01 PM / 4 months ago

Brazil corruption probe will not derail pension vote - minister

Brazil's Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles speaks during a news conference at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil April 7, 2017.Ueslei Marcelino

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A corruption investigation into dozens of senior lawmakers and a third of Brazilian President Michel Temer's cabinet will not affect a key pension reform vote in Congress, Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles told Reuters on Wednesday.

In a phone interview, Meirelles said he continues to expect the reform to be approved in the first half of the year, but acknowledged that a vote in August would not be a problem.

Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Alonso Soto; Editing by Leslie Adler

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