Germany 'wants Wolfowitz to go'

Minister says Wolfowitz's position as head of the World Bank is untenable.

    Many people have urged Wolfowitz to resign ahead of a World Bank board decision on his future [AP]

    Architect of Iraq war


    Wolfowitz, whose appointment to the World Bank presidency in mid-2005 was controversial because of his role as an architect of the Iraq war while at the Pentagon, has refused to step down.


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    The US government has urged leading European countries to withhold judgment until the World Bank's 24-nation board decides on his future.


    The World Bank's board delayed a final decision on Wolfowitz's future on Friday and called for further investigation.


    The board said in a statement: "The executive directors agreed on a process to deal with the situation urgently, effectively and in an orderly manner."


    The World Bank chief has apologised for his role in the promotion for his girlfriend and said he would accept any decision the board makes.
    "I made a mistake for which I am sorry", he said.
    "I'm not going to pre-empt their deliberations, I will accept any remedies they propose."

    SOURCE: Agencies


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