World Bank employees say nepotist Wolfowitz should quit

Wolfowitz and the world bank, cartoon

From Al Jazeera:

Wolfowitz faces call to resign

Staff at the World Bank have demanded the resignation of Paul Wolfowitz, the bank’s president, after he admitted authorising large pay rises for his Libyan-born partner that took her salary to $200,000.

He faces a fight for his political life after the bank’s directors denied his claims the pay rises had been cleared by its ethics committee.

The World Bank’s staff association said on Friday that Wolfowitz, the ex-US deputy defence secretary, had “destroyed” the trust of employees and should quit.

“He must act honourably and resign,” the de facto union said in a letter to the World Bank’s 10,000 staff.

The bank’s 24 executive directors said the ethics committee had not been involved in the decision to award Shaha Riza rises that gave her a salary greater than that of Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state.

They adjourned a meeting on Wolfowitz’s future, saying they would move quickly to reach a decision.

‘An object of scorn’

The Financial Times newspaper also called for Wolfowitz to go in an editorial on Friday.

“If the president stays (the World Bank) risks becoming an object not of respect, but of scorn, and its campaign in favor of good governance not a believable struggle, but blatant hypocrisy,” it said.

The controversy has become a deep embarrassment for Wolfowitz as he battles to overcome skepticism about a campaign that he is waging against corruption in the 185-member World Bank’s multi-billion-dollar lending.

He is also under fire from long for his management style, following a series of clashes with the board and hostility towards his appointment of US Republican party allies to jobs in his inner circle.

The nomination two years ago of Wolfowitz, a “neoconservative” hawk, by George Bush, the US president, was widely seen as controversial given his position as a main architect of the Iraq war.

Also on this, at the site of Dutch NOS TV.

And Think Progress blog in the USA.

Ms Riza is said to be at least some of the inspiration for Wolfowitz’ pro Iraq war drive.

A comment at Think Progress blog:

Fortunately. the World Bank and Paul Wolfowitz maintain a corruption hotline at which individuals can report corruption.

The phone number is [in the USA] 1-800-831-0463.

You can give them a call and report Mr. Wolfowitz conduct in securing his girlfriend a highly paid position at the US State Department.

The World Bank website is located at

Give them a call.

Help Paul Wolfowitz ferret out corruption!

At the Financial Times site, visited probably not mainly by revolutionary Leftists, an opinion poll asking: Should Paul Wolfowitz resign?, got as results tonight: Yes 89.7%, No 10.3%.

World Bank and logging in Congo: here.

6 thoughts on “World Bank employees say nepotist Wolfowitz should quit

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