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BRASILIA, Sept 3 (Reuters) - The Brazilian central bank held interest rates steady at 11 percent on Wednesday, ignoring pressure to ease monetary policy to help boost an economy that entered recession just weeks before a closely-contested presidential election.
All 53 economists polled by Reuters expected the central bank's eight-member monetary policy committee, known as Copom, to keep its benchmark Selic rate at 11 percent for the third straight meeting. (Reporting by Alonso Soto, editing by G Crosse)