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Lagarde, Carstens to Meet With IMF Board Next Week for Top Job

June 17, 2011

June 17 (Bloomberg) -- French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde and Mexican Central Bank Governor Agustin Carstens will be interviewed by the International Monetary Fund’s executive board next week as they compete for the top job at the agency.

Carstens will be at the IMF in Washington June 20-21 and will meet with the board on his second day, Gita Bhatt, a spokeswoman for the fund, said in an e-mail. Lagarde will follow June 22-23, with her board interview June 23, she said.

“During their visit to the fund, the candidates will also have an opportunity to meet bilaterally with executive directors,” Bhatt said.

The IMF aims to make a decision by June 30, a month and a half after the arrest of former chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges including attempted rape. He has pleaded not guilty.

Both candidates have been traveling from Brazil to China in a bid for the job, and Lagarde, who has backing from the European Union and nations including Egypt and Morocco, has the most support.

--Editors: Carlos Torres, Christopher Wellisz

To contact the reporters on this story: Sandrine Rastello in Paris at srastello@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Wellisz at cwellisz@bloomberg.net


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