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Thursday, July 23, 1998 Published at 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK

World: Americas

Mandelson under fire in Brazil

Brazil's main left-wing Workers' Party has protested to the British government over remarks by Peter Mandelson, a close aide to prime minister Tony Blair.

Mr Mandelson, who's just ended a visit to Brazil, suggested that the party's proposals for this year's presidential elections represented an old-fashioned and out-of-date socialism.

He also praised President Cardoso as a statesman of high international calibre.

In London, a government spokesman said Mr Mandelson had been careful not to intervene in Brazilian politics.

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