ECB head Trichet 'fantastic' for IMF: Dutch central banker

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European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet would be a "fantastic candidate" to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the International Monetory Fund (IMF), Dutch central bank director Nout Wellink said.

"I know a fantastic candidate, and he is Jean-Claude Trichet of the ECB," Willink told a late-night talk show on Dutch television on Wednesday.

"If he leaves the ECB, then he'll come over to Washington as a successor," Willink said.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested on Saturday in New York after a chambermaid alleged that he had sexually assaulted her.

Strauss-Kahn has pleaded not guilty of all the accusations against him.

He announced on Thursday that he was stepping down as IMF chief.

"This means that in the most difficult periods facing the world economy, the instutition has no leader," Willink said adding "it would be wise to find a solution."

He added: "Eventually, should Strauss-Kahn return he (Trichet) could always remain as an interim manager."

Trichet's mandate at the ECB ended at the end of October.

Willink's endorsement comes as the race to replace Strauss-Kahn heated up between emerging economies and Europe which has always provided the head of the IMF.

Willink said, referring to the eurozone debt crisis: "The IMF's problem at the moment is a European one. I think it would help if a European were at the head of the IMF one more time.

"He (Trichet) knows everything in Europe and the problems it has," Willink added.

© 2011 AFP

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