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Illinois Senator Kirk Wants Strauss-Kahn to Resign From IMF

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May 17 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Senator Mark Kirk wants the U.S. executive director of the International Monetary Fund, Meg Lundsager, to seek the resignation of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the lawmaker’s spokeswoman said.

Kirk, an Illinois Republican who serves on a Senate appropriations subcommittee that has partial oversight of the IMF, is also seeking hearings on how the international fund has managed the European debt crisis, his spokeswoman, Kate Dickens, said today in an e-mail.

Kirk would like to see Lundsager “call for the immediate resignation of Mr. Strauss Kahn,” who was charged with sexual assault and attempted rape by New York prosecutors, Dickens said.

After Strauss-Kahn’s May 14 arrest, the IMF appointed Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky as acting managing director.

“We are aware of widespread speculation about the managing director’s status,” William Murray, an IMF spokesman, said in a press statement today. “We have no comment on this speculation, other than to note, as we did earlier this week, that the executive board was briefed informally on developments regarding his arrest in New York.”

The IMF’s executive board, meeting in Washington, agreed to seek contact with Strauss-Kahn about his intentions, according to an official briefed on the deliberations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Farrell in New York at gregfarrell@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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