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Wolfensohn clarifies. The Bank yesterday released a statement to clarify Wolfensohn's remark that Wolfowitz is out of the Bank president selection race. The Bank issued a comment from Wolfensohn that: "I have no personal knowledge. I was simply referring to the Pentagon statement".

On a visit to Brussels to meet European Commission president Barroso, Wolfensohn said his successor should be passionate about fighting poverty and promoting human development, not just a good manager.

Asked whether Wolfowitz met the criteria, he joked: "I submitted the name of my son and I think they got it mixed it up" (Reuters).

It is not clear whether the Bank's clarification statement was made under pressure from the US government or what else might have motivated it.

Alex Wilks ~ March 04, 2005

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