Merkel calls for 'objective' look at IMF succession

2nd June 2011, Comments 0 comments

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.

© 2011 AFP

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