Wolves Circle Wolfowitz

Neocon World Bank president says he won't resign
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2007 6:52 AM CDT
Shirin Shirin, of Washington, D.C., holds a sign calling for the resignation of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz during a protest in front of the World Bank Saturday, April 14, 2007 in Washington....   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Embattled World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz is hanging tough in the face of a crescendo of calls for his resignation after improperly promoting the interests of his live-in girlfriend. In a weekend of maneuvering, the bank's development committee offered no shelter, issuing a vague but harsh statement that the organization" adhere to a high standard of internal governance."

Some member nations are expressing support, including Canada, the U.S., and  beneficiaries of his campaign to increase aid to Africa. His most outspoken critics are from Europe, where doubts about his  role as an architect of the Iraq war run deep. A combative email message sent Saturday to bank staffers to protest "misleading information" in circulation did nothing to mollify critics within the bank.