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Will Daboub go down with the sinking ship? An LA Times piece turns up the heat on Wolfowitz-appointee, Managing Director Juan José Daboub, for his attempts to single-handedly take the Bank out of the family planning business.

Daboub has denied that he either urged deletion of reference to family planning in the Madagascar assistance plan or did likewise in the Bank's global health strategy. A Bank staffer who had seen the Madagascar report called that denial "a blatant lie". US NGO Government Accountability Project has the email trail to prove it.

"There's mismanagement there," said Carmen Barroso, a regional director for the International Planned Parenthood Federation. "Wolfowitz appointed a guy in a very high position who felt free to censor in line with his personal beliefs. I think that's good grounds for sacking." Which may explain why Daboub, unlike Wolfowitz's other Managing Director, Graeme Wheeler (see yesterday's post), has supported the embattled president. His fate depends on it.

For a reminder about how many other senior Bank staff have been appointed by Wolfowitz, many bringing heavy political baggage, see Alex's previous post.

Jeff Powell ~ April 19, 2007

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