Text of IMF chief's resignation

19th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

France's Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned Thursday as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as he fights charges of sexually assaulting a New York hotel chambermaid.

Here is the complete text of his resignation statement:

"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Board:

It is with infinite sadness that I feel compelled today to present to the Executive Board my resignation from my post of Managing Director of the IMF.

I think at this time first of my wife -- whom I love more than anything -- of my children, of my family, of my friends.

I think also of my colleagues at the Fund; together we have accomplished such great things over the last three years and more.

To all, I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me.

I want to protect this institution which I have served with honor and devotion, and especially -- especially -- I want to devote all my strength, all my time, and all my energy to proving my innocence.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn"

© 2011 AFP

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