May 20, 2007

Paul Wolfowitz


From CNN: Wolfowitz to resign as World Bank chief.

Embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz agreed to resign after weeks of controversy over his handling of a pay package for his girlfriend, a bank employee, the institution's board of directors announced.

In a statement announcing the decision Thursday, the bank said "a number of mistakes were made by a number of individuals" in the matter.

Wolfowitz said the bank board accepted his contention that he acted "ethically and in good faith."

In a written statement, Wolfowitz said his eventual successor will have his "full support." His resignation will take effect June 30.

As the largest shareholder in the bank, the United States appoints its president. After the announcement, the White House said President Bush "reluctantly accepts" Wolfowitz's resignation and would announce a replacement soon.

Wolfowitz said it is "necessary to find a way to move forward. To do that, I have concluded that it is in the best interests of those whom this institution serves for that mission to be carried forward under new leadership." (Wolfowitz's resignation statement)

"Change should not be feared, it is something to welcome. It is the key to keeping this important institution relevant and effective in the future and meeting the needs of the world's poor, and of humanity as a whole," the statement said.

Wolfowitz was appointed to the World Bank post in 2005 after serving as deputy U.S. defense secretary, where he was one of the leading architects of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Posted by Forkum at May 20, 2007 05:28 PM