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Europeans "ready to veto" candidates. European officials in Washington have warned that they will not hesitate to veto any American candidate for the presidency they feel is unsuitable. A precedent was set for that in 2000 when the Americans rejected the proposed European candidate for head of the IMF Caio Koch-Weser. An Agence France Presse wire story carried by TurkishPress.com also gives further insights into the current US candidates.

It comments that "[Carla] Hills' and [Anne] Krueger's age could be against them with the World Bank's five-year mandate at stake". Hills is 71 and Krueger is 68.

Christine Todd Whitman is described as "a moderate Republican" who left the White House team in May 2003 after "tough opposition from ecologists following Bush's refusal to sign the Kyoto protocol on climate change".

The piece also mentions that Colin Powell, John Taylor and Randall Tobias are still in the frame.

Alex Wilks ~ January 09, 2005

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