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World Bank Panel Assails Wolfowitz

The Bush administration is pushing to save World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz’s job after a committee comprised of seven of the bank’s 24 board members released a 52-page report slamming Wolfowitz for his “questionable judgment and a preoccupation with self-interest,” primarily for using his position to advance that of his girlfriend.


New York Times:

The report charged that Mr. Wolfowitz broke bank rules and the ethical obligations in his contract, and that he tried to hide the salary and promotion package awarded to Shaha Ali Riza, his companion and a bank employee, from top legal and ethics officials in the months after he became bank president in 2005.

Citing what it said was the “central theme” of the matter, the report said Mr. Wolfowitz’s assertions that what he did was in response to the requests of others showed that “from the outset” of his tenure he “cast himself in opposition to the established rules of the institution.”

“He did not accept the bank’s policy on conflict of interest, so he sought to negotiate for himself a resolution different from that which would be applied to the staff he was selected to head,” the committee said, adding that this was “a manifestation of an attitude in which Mr. Wolfowitz saw himself as the outsider to whom the established rules and standards did not apply.”

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