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White House argues Wolfowitz shouldn't be sacked

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As the World Bank president awaits news of his fate at the organisation, the White House has again come to his defence. It says while Paul Wolfowitz made “a lot of mistakes in a personnel process”, it’s not a “firing offence”. A World Bank committee has found that Wolfowitz violated ethics rules over the promotion and generous pay rise given to his girlfriend at the bank.

Wolfowitz has rejected the findings, reportedly calling them unbalanced and flawed. The support from the White House comes as the board of the bank decides how it should act in light of the internal report. Observers say the 24 shareholder governments are unlikely to make a final decision before Wednesday.