Germany says European should head IMF if Strauss-Kahn goes

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Germany would like another European to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn if the current head of the IMF were to resign, Germany's government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday.

"Europe doesn't have a right to the director's chair, but in the current situation when the IMF is especially needed to fight the crisis in some euro states, the German government would favour a good European candidate," Seibert told a press conference.

Should Strauss-Kahn be forced to resign "Germany would make this clear to its international partners," he added.

Strauss-Kahn, a former French minister, was arrested this weekend in New York for allegedly trying to rape a hotel maid.

Seibert stressed that the case now rested with New York justice officials, adding that the International Monetary Fund chief should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

In the meantime, Berlin expects "the IMF to continue to play its role to the full," Seibert added.

© 2011 AFP

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