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Brazil's Lula Seeks Bingo Ban

11 May 2004

BRASILIA, Brazil – As reported by Reuters: ``Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will make a new bid to ban bingo gaming after the Senate rejected his previous attempt in a heavy defeat for the government, a spokesman says.

``The move to ban the popular pastime is intended to try to restore the anti-corruption image of Brazil's centre-left government, which claims bingo halls are a front for money laundering and organised crime.

``Lula will introduce a bill in Congress to outlaw bingo parlours and slot machines, spokesman Andre Singer told reporters on Monday. Hesaid the president would treat the matter with urgency but gave no date for when the bill would be submitted…"

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