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Call for Wolfowitz to resign

LONDON (CNS): A Catholic development agency has called for the resignation of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz.

George Gelber, head of policy for the English and Welsh bishops’ Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, said the bank should force Mr Wolfowitz to resign amid allegations of corruption.

“Paul Wolfowitz has made corruption an essential part of his personal policy platform, not only in the bank but also among all major donors,” Mr Gelber said in an April 16 statement.

“But now his actions have so damaged his own credibility as an anti-corruption campaigner that his position at the bank is untenable and he should resign,” Mr Gelber said.

“If he will not resign, then the bank board must ask him to leave.”

Mr Wolfowitz, 62, has come under pressure to quit his position after he secured a promotion and a substantial pay raise for Shaha Riza, 52, his British girlfriend.

Mr Wolfowitz told investigators that he transferred Ms Riza to avoid a conflict of interest, but her pay was boosted by more than US$60,000, so that she made more than US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Mr Wolfowitz acknowledged on April 12 that he had made a mistake and apologised.

The World Bank’s board of directors were expected to meet at the end of this month to discuss the situation.

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