IMF interviews Carstens for top job; Lagarde next
Mexico's candidate to head the International Monetary Fund began two days of meetings Monday with IMF officials, while his French rival is due to make the rounds on his heels, a person close to the institution said.
"For (Agustin) Carstens it's today and tomorrow. For (Christine) Lagarde it will be on Wednesday and Thursday," the person told AFP.
The head of the Mexican central bank and the French finance minister were visiting IMF headquarters in Washington this week to woo the votes of the members of the executive board -- 24 directors representing individual countries or groups of countries -- of the 187-nation Fund.
The French finance ministry had announced Friday that Lagarde would arrive in Washington Tuesday and leave Thursday.
Questioned by AFP, neither the ministry nor the French embassy in Washington would provide details on her agenda in the US capital.
Lagarde participated Monday in a eurozone finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg.
Carstens and Lagarde made the IMF's short list of candidates to succeed managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned on May 18 to face sexual assault charges in New York.
Strauss-Kahn, who had been widely tipped as the Socialist contender against French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012 elections, has denied all charges.
The IMF executive board intends to select his successor "by consensus," and if that fails, by vote, by the end of the month.
© 2011 AFP