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The four candidates who will be running to be the next president of the influential eurozone finance ministers group are preparing for a late vote.
The 19 finance ministers of the eurozone will decide their election for the job in a secret ballot in Brussels this afternoon.
Mario Centeno from Portugal, favorite to get the concert, said he hoped to "reach" across the aisle "with his colleagues to secure the job, which means running monthly meetings of ministers and making big decisions about rescues and the reform of the eurozone.
"I have presented my candidacy in a very constructive way to generate consensus," Mr. Centeno said before the vote. "We have a very challenging agenda ahead of us. I am waiting for the process. "The Portuguese minister, who comes from the center-left, has the political backing of the socialist family of Europe.
Pierre Gramegna, from Luxembourg, has also put his hat in the ring. He said he was "reasonably optimistic" about his chances.
"I hope to be good in the first round. It is too early to have a perspective, "said the centrist minister.
Peter Kazimir of Slovakia and Dana Reizniece-Ozola of Latvia are also contenders.The first candidate to obtain 10 votes will win the presidency.