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Opening up? On Friday U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said the U.S. government is asking other countries to suggest potential candidates to be next president of the World Bank. Snow told Bloomberg Radio "we're beginning a succession planning process and the search committee of the board will be asked to develop criteria that will give many countries a chance to participate in the process".
He continued: "I've talked to a number of finance ministers from other countries to give us names, suggest people, and to let them know this will be an open consultative process".
Will other governments consider this simply a token U.S. diplomatic move or will they take this invitation seriously and put up one or more candidates to challenge John Taylor and the other rumoured U.S. contenders? Watch this space, and remember to let us know (email@example.com) if you hear of any other people being put forward.
Alex Wilks ~ January 08, 2005
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