Speculation On Wolfowitz Successor Builds

World Bank can expect numerous responses to 'help wanted' ad
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2007 8:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – As pressure on Paul Wolfowitz to step down grows, so does the list of possible successors to the scandal-battered World Bank president. The conservative Washington Times focuses on Goldman Sachs executive Robert Zoellick, a former official in both Bush administrations; other names in play include Treasury official Robert Kimmitt and Reagan administration throwback Martin Feldstein.

International-development specialists cited by the Times also name Kemal Dervis, a former Turkish minister for economic affairs whose appointment would put a pro-American Muslim at the helm of the bank. Wolfowitz has until Tuesday—two days longer than he was originally given—to respond to a critical report concerning his preferential treatment of his girlfriend.