Merkel calls for 'objective' look at IMF succession
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was well qualified to head the IMF, urging emerging countries to give her an "objective" assessment.
"If I look at the personality, Christine Lagarde as a finance minister enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide," Merkel told a forum in Singapore, adding that "in many ways she is an ideal embodiment of economic experience and political experience."
"I hope that emerging countries and other countries will take a close look and, if you like, an objective and unbiased look at her even though obviously they too have to have a chance," the German leader added.
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