IMF board to meet Sunday on Strauss-Kahn arrest

15th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The IMF executive board was to meet Sunday in a special session after its head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged with attempted rape, the world body said.

"The IMF Executive Board is expected to convene an informal session later today to be briefed on developments related to the managing director," IMF spokesman William Murray said in a statement from the Washington headquarters.

"In line with standard IMF procedures, John Lipsky, first deputy managing director, is acting managing director while the MD is not in DC. Mr. Lipsky will chair the informal Board session today."

Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged late Saturday after he allegedly assaulted a chambermaid in his suite in the luxury Sofitel hotel in New York.

He was held after being escorted off a flight about to leave from John F. Kennedy airport. Strauss-Kahn had been due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, before attending an EU finance ministers meeting on the euro-zone debt crisis in Brussels on Monday.

Murray said in his statement that "Ms. Nemat Shafik, the deputy managing director who oversees the IMF's work in a number of EU countries, will attend Monday's Eurogroup meeting in Brussels."

© 2011 AFP

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