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Pick of the World Bank president editorials. Many papers have had editiorials today or yesterday on the Wolfowitz issue. Here are a few. No time to wrap them up in detail, but have listed some key ones below (without repeating ones already linked elsewhere in this blog - i.e. the FT, WSJ, etc).

Jamaica Gleaner. The Wolfowitz scandal is compared to scandals involving third world kleptocrats.

Investors' Business Daily. Biggest US financial newspaper after WSJ and FT weighs in, says wolfowitz is corrupt and must go.

International Herald Tribune. He should resign because he made clean governance his main cause at the bank, and he has fallen far short of his own standards.

Le Monde. Calls for Wolfowitz resignation - Le départ de Wolfowitz.

The Moscow Times. "Should Paul Wolfowitz leave the World Bank? The answer to that question is yes. Will Wolfowitz leave? The answer to that question is murkier. It would be absurd to leave the decision to the bank's executive directors. These mid-level bureaucrats are not going to reach such a decision on their own".

Village Voice. "The very idea that Paul Wolfowitz had the 'moral authority' in the first place to take over the World Bank is preposterous.

The BBC says "Mr Wolfowitz is hanging on, but his position is looking very weak, with the White House the only player coming out squarely in his favour".

The Star-Ledger. "The World Bank should be a model of the values it promotes. If the bank's president is an advocate for clean governance, he should be able to meet those standards himself. Wolfowitz fell far short of his own exacting ideals".

I'm sure there are many many more editorials. Thanks to those who've sent in these tips: please anyone tell me major ones I've missed and I'll add them later.

Alex Wilks ~ April 15, 2007

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