Brazil Government Said to Privately Support Lagarde as Next IMF Director
The Brazilian government sees no point in backing Mexican central bank Governor Agustin Carstens’s bid for the job given that Lagarde will have enough votes to win, said the official, who requested anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak publicly about the issue.
In exchange for its private support for the European candidate, Brazil will push for Lagarde to run the IMF only until the end of next year, when former head Dominique Strauss- Kahn’s term would have expired, the official said. Brazil doesn’t plan to declare that support openly, he said
Brazil also wants to ensure the that an overhaul giving emerging markets countries more votes at the IMF is pushed forward and that there is an agreement to end Europe’s monopoly on the top job at the fund, the official said.
The Washington-based IMF is seeking to find a replacement by June 30 for Strauss-Kahn, who resigned last week following his arrest on sexual assault charges in New York.
Strauss-Kahn’s five-year term had 17 months remaining. In past successions, some managing directors were appointed to fresh five-year tenures.
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