Women's group calls for Strauss-Kahn to resign

18th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A group that defends women's rights in global financial institution programs called on Tuesday for the resignation of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn after he was arrested for sexual assault.

Washington-based Gender Action said the International Monetary Fund "needs new leadership" whatever the outcome of Strauss-Kahn's case, which awaits a New York grand jury's assessment of the evidence for trial.

"Strauss-Kahn's arrest and the growing body of allegations of sexual misconduct against him mandate an expeditious move to new leadership at the IMF," said Elaine Zuckerman, the president of the group, which monitors the work of the IMF, World Bank and other international financial institutions.

"Strauss-Kahn's continued leadership of the IMF is untenable," she said in a statement.

Zuckerman is a former World Bank economist who founded Gender Action in 2002 to press development banks and institutions to better serve the interests of women and girls in their programs.

© 2011 AFP

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