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From WB Staffer re: Staff Association chair Unanimous vote of confidence in Alison Cave. I'm told that this morning, the delegate assembly of the world bank staff association - the staff parliament if you will, which was called into an emergency session this morning by Alison Cave, the chair of the association, gave her a unanimous vote of confidence.

This delegates assembly basically includes all elected representatives from every department in the bank. These officers represent their respective staff in the staff association. This development strengthens Mrs. Cave's hands in pressing forward with her demands that Paul Wolfowitz do the honorable thing and resign as president of the world bank group. It also undermines attempts by his office, which is said to be spreading rumors that Alison is acting on her own and without the backing of staff.

Also, attempts by Wolfowit'z friends in the press to defend him by using innuendo that his critics are corrupt staff members who are against him because of his campaign against corruption inside the bank ( see Here and here ) are also backfiring. Staff are furious that he , or his aids, are allowing, or may even be organizing, this directly. This also recalls to mind previous attempts by members of the Bush administration to accuse those who are against the Iraq war of being "unpatriotic". True, you can take the man out of the Pentagon but not the Pentagon out of the man !

Sameer Dossani ~ April 17, 2007

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