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Dear Board of Directors : A proposal to solve the impasse. (Update 1). A friend of mine in the bank today offered the following proposal , which I find very worthy.

Since it is unlikely that the board will make any decision quickly on this matter, at least until the inevitable horse trading takes place, and by that I mean, which country wants what in exchange for which vote.

My friend proposes that the board should immediately appoint a Deputy President for the World Bank Group. Some one who can satisfy the demands of all the constituencies involved. Preferably someone from a developing country, who can easily gain the trust of the staff, start immediately to heal the institution, and can put a respectable face on the crucial IDA round.

My friend suggests , the highly respected Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria. If you don't know who she is, here is her bio.

This will help rescue the institution from paralysis while governments haggle over the fate of Paul Wolfowitz.

You know what, I agree with him.

Comment. Alex Wilks. 04.15 EST, 20 April.
In fact this suggestion was made by worldbankpresident.org contributor Soren Ambrose exactly a week ago. He also spotted Ngozi as an option and gave a detailed run-down on why a Ngozi shoe-in by the White House would not be acceptable to some civil society groups. See his post here.

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