Aims. We present lithium abundance determination for a sample of K giant stars in the Galactic bulge. The stars presented here are the only 13 stars with a detectable lithium line (6767.18 Å) among ̃400 stars for which we have spectra in this wavelength range, half of them in Baade's Window (b=-4°) and half in a field at b=-6°.Methods. The stars were observed with the GIRAFFE spectrograph of FLAMES mounted on VLT, with a spectral resolution of R ̃ 20000. Abundances were derived from spectral synthesis and the results are compared with those of stars with similar parameters, but no detectable Li line.Results. We find 13 stars with a detectable Li line, among which 2 have abundances >2.7. No clear correlations were found between the Li abundance and those of other elements. With the exception of the two most Li rich stars, the others follow a fairly tight A(Li)-Teff correlation.Conclusions. There is strong indication of a Li production phase during the red giant branch (RGB), acting either on a very short timescale, or selectively only in some stars. That the proposed Li production phase is associated with the RGB bump cannot be excluded, although our targets are significantly brighter than the predicted RGB bump magnitude for a population at 8 kpc.
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