Saturday 16 December 2017

It would be ideal if IMF boss would quit now, say directors

Claude Rayon in Paris

THERE was growing pressure on Dominique Strauss-Kahn to step down as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last night.

Last night the IMF's board announced that it was seeking to contact jailed Mr Strauss-Kahn to hear his views on his plans regarding his post.

The board has the authority to remove Mr Strauss-Kahn from his post. One of the sources said it would be ideal if Mr Strauss-Kahn resigned, although the other said that sentiment was not universally shared across the 24-member board of member countries.

Meanwhile, Austrian finance minister Maria Fekter called outright for the beleaguered finance guru to consider his position.

And her Spanish counterpart, Elana Salgado, gave her support for the victim of his alleged sexual assault.


"I don't comment on judicial matters," said Ms Fekter. "But in view of the situation, that bail has been refused, he himself must deliberate on whether he is hurting the institution."

The Spanish finance minister added her voice, saying that the IMF head faced "very serious accusations" but that any resignation "is only a decision that Mr Strauss-Kahn can take".

However, she went on to express sympathy for the alleged victim of the assault: "If I had to show my solidarity and support for someone, it would be towards the woman who has been assaulted, if that is really the case."

Irrespective of the legal outcome, Mr Strauss-Kahn's detention creates a practical obstacle for his role in negotiating rescue loans for Portugal and Greece.

Mr Strauss-Kahn (62) had been due to attend an EU finance ministers' meeting in Brussels to discuss bailouts.

However, according to the Portuguese finance minister, Fernando Teixeira dos Santos, the IMF head's absence had not been an issue.

French writer Tristane Banon (31) also alleges Mr Strauss-Kahn assaulted her in 2002.

It also emerged that an employee who had a brief affair with him warned the organisation about his behaviour toward women three years ago.

Irish Independent

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