No Brazil fighter jet decision before Lula leaves

7th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said he will not make a decision on a multi-billion-dollar jet fighter purchase before stepping down on January 1, state media reported.

Late Monday, Lula told official television station TV Brasil that it would be up to the government of his successor, Dilma Rousseff, to decide the issue.

"It's a very big debt, it's a long-term debt for Brazil. I could sign off on it and do a deal with France, but I'm not going to do that," Lula said, according to an excerpt published by the state news agency Agencia Brasil.

© 2010 AFP

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