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Can it be true? The London Times is reporting this morning that "Bush draws up list of candidates to replace Wolfowitz". If true, then Wolfowitz has indeed lost the fight to keep his job.

Fascinatingly the Times thinks the White House might be considering appointing a non-American muslim as the next World Bank president? The man they tip is Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan finance minister. Ghani also worked at the World Bank for ten years.

Alex Wilks comment. 20 April, 03.45 EST.
Among the aspects of Ghani's CV which may differentiate him from the outgoing World Bank president. According to his Wikipedia bio: Ghani "joined the Afghan government as the chief advisor to President Karzai on February 1, 2002. He has worked on a pro bono basis and was among the first officials to disclose his assets."

For intriguing aspects of how Ghani came to leave the World Bank see an article I wrote in 2001. Ghani was forced to take unpaid leave for the Bank for the crime of writing an article for the Financial Times. At the time the World Bank Staff Association rallied strongly to Ghani's defence. What does the Staff Association think of this idea now?

A Washington source ~ April 20, 2007

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