Wolfowitz denies he will be US stooge at World Bank

Filed on March 19, 2005

WASHINGTON — US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz denied yesterday that he would be doing Washington’s bidding if confirmed as the next president of the World Bank.

“I am not the American executive director at the World Bank,” he said in an interview with The Financial Times. “I would be the president of the World Bank and I’ve got to try to bring all those different views together, those different visions together to shape a common approach,” Wolfowitz was quoted as saying.

President George W. Bush announced on Wednesday that he wanted Wolfowitz to succeed James Wolfensohn in the top job in international development, despite his divisive role as a prime architect of the war in Iraq.

Analysts say European governments appear resigned to Wolfowitz’s appointment, but many campaign groups fear he will use his influential new post to further a neoconservative foreign policy vision. The 61-year-old former academic said he would not be going to the World Bank “to escape controversy”.

“It is a real regret that I am giving up a very important job that I still find incredibly rewarding and incredibly important."

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