The United States has failed to rally support from key allies for beleaguered World Bank president, Paul Wolfowitz, say sources. Only Japan is said to have responded positively to a conference call to G7 officials.
However, Washington remains as determined as ever that he should keep his job.
White House spokesman, Tony Snow, said: “The fact is that he made mistakes, they are not, in our view, firing offences. Separately, at some point in the future, there are going to be conversations about the proper stewardship of the World Bank. And, Mr. Wolfowitz himself, says that what you need to have is a full, fair conversation about what is going to be best for the future of the bank. In that sense, all options are on the table.”
The World Bank’s board is expected to rule today on Wolfowitz’s future, after he was found to have violated his contract by overseeing a promotion and payrise for his girlfriend, Shaha Riza.
Despite increasing calls for him to be replaced, he has implored the board to let him stay, saying the case is really about his management style, not his love life.