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13 April, 2007 - Published 12:38 GMT
World Bank to decide its president's fate
The World Bank's president Paul Wolfowitz is facing calls for his resignation after it was revealed that a promotion was awarded to his girlfriend. Mr Wolfowitz said the way he handled the matter was a mistake and he apologised. This report from Justin Webb:
When Mr Wolfowitz took over the presidency of the bank, his partner, Shaha Riza, was an employee. Under bank rules, she could not work directly to him, so she was seconded to the State Department, but at the same time, given a large salary increase and a promotion.
The World Bank Staff Association claims that she received preferential treatment on the orders of Mr Wolfowitz. He doesn't accept that, but he does accept that he made mistakes in handling the issue and he's apologised. Still, the Staff Association wants him to resign.
Even before this crisis, Mr Wolfowitz's leadership of the bank had been highly controversial. He clashed frequently with insiders who regarded his management style and his policies as unacceptable, in particular, his insistence that bank help for poor nations be tied in future to their willingness to root out corruption.
Justin Webb, BBC News, Washington
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