EU's Barroso wants 'strong' European to head IMF

19th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The European Commission called on Thursday for a "strong" European candidate to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the IMF, staking Europe's claim in an expected battle with emerging countries.

"The commission has taken note of the resignation of Mr. Strauss-Kahn as managing director of the IMF," said Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen, spokeswoman for European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso .

"The IMF needs strong leadership and president Barroso's position is clear," she said.

"While nationality is not a criteria in relation to the succession of Mr Strauss-Kahn, it is only natural that the member states of the European Union, as the biggest contributor to the fund, agree on a strong and competent candidate who can rally support from the IMF membership," the spokeswoman said.

"I'm sure now consultations will intensify about this succession and indeed about putting forward a strong European candidate to take up the position," she added.

Strauss-Kahn resigned on Thursday saying he wanted to focus entirely on clearing his name of sexual assault charges in New York.

© 2011 AFP

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