Monday, May 28, 2007

Wolfowitz blames media for exit


The outgoing president of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz, has told the BBC an "overheated" atmosphere at the bank and in the media forced him to resign.

Mr Wolfowitz stood down after a scandal over his role in winning a new pay and promotion package for his girlfriend.

In an interview, Mr Wolfowitz said the bank's board did accept that he had acted ethically, and in good faith.

He leaves the bank on 30 June after a presidency that was controversial both at the beginning and at the end.

His appointment was originally opposed by many European nations, who disapproved of his previous role as a senior Pentagon official and an architect of the Iraq war....

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