Wolfowitz Sinks Deeper in the Quagmire

24 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Wolfowitz Sinks Deeper in the Quagmire</h1><p>April 24 (LPAC)--World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is sinking into a quagmire as deep as the one he created in Iraq, with the London Economist joining in the calls for him to resign. Wolfowitz announced he is willing to hire a coach to help him improve his "leadership style," according to the Washington Post. But, more to the point, he has hired lawyer Robert Bennett, a partner at the prominent Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom law firm, to represent him. Bennett stated on April 23 that the beleaguered World Bank president "is not going to resign...he did not hire me to help him work out a separation agreement. He feels people are trying to interfere with his job to get at world poverty, and wants to get the thing behind him so that he can concentrate 100% on his work," according to the April 24 <em>Washington Post</em> .</p><p>On April 20, the World Bank created a special ad-hoc committee to examine Wolfowitz's conduct in arranging for his girlfriend Shaha Riza to be hired by the State Department at a unprecedentedly high salary for her position.. The committee said it would act "expeditiously" to resolve the matter.</p><p>One day later, Wolfowitz hired Bennett, who immediately urged the World Bank's board not to "rush to judgment" on his client, but to provide an extended period of time in which Bennett can prepare Wolfowitz's defense. The pressure against Wolfowitz is intensifying however. The April 21-27 edition of the London <em>Economist</em> documents how the Wolfowitz scandal as affected the Bank's ability to obtain funding for its International Development Association (IDA), and April 24, German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul called for Wolfowitz's resignation. "He should do the Bank a service and take the consequences himself. The sooner the better," said Wieczorek, as reported by Xinhuanet.</p></div></body>