By Bill Van Auken:
Scandal, political tensions spur demands for Wolfowitz’s ouster at World Bank
16 April 2007
Pressure for the resignation of Paul Wolfowitz as president of the World Bank escalated over the weekend in the wake of a Group of Seven (G7) finance ministers meeting in Washington, where several participants suggested his position was untenable.
French Finance Minister Thierry Breton, for example, declined to say whether he believed Wolfowitz should be ousted but declared that the World Bank should be “ethically irreproachable,” an obvious reference to the seedy scandal involving a hefty pay raise and promotion for Wolfowitz’s girlfriend, Shaha Riza, a Libyan-born British citizen who was a career bureaucrat at the World Bank before US President George W. Bush appointed him [Wolfowitz] to head the agency a little over two years ago.
“I fully trust the governing board to draw the consequences it must draw,” added Breton.
Dutch Minister Koenders on the scandal: here.
There is some irony in Wolfowitz‘ following the Christian Right (both Opus Dei and fundamentalist Protestant) line against birth control; as he has sex outside of marriage with Shaha Riza, a mortal sin in the eyes of the Christian Right.
The Wolfowitz underling in the Madagascar scandal is Juan José Daboub, a member of the extreme Right Arena party in El Salvador.
This party, infamous for its death squads during the civil war, was founded by infamous Major Roberto D’Abuisson, nicknamed “Major Smooth-cutter” for his favourite torture instrument during interrogations.
Wolfowitz and neo-conservatism: here.