Christine Lagarde will lead the IMF

Jun 28th 2011, 17:54 by R.A. |WASHINGTON

THE International Monetary Fund has announced its selection of Christine Lagarde, currently the French finance minister, as its new managing director. Ms Lagarde bested the head of Mexico's central bank, Agustín Carstens, in the contest to lead the IMF. Her victory was assured when she earned the backing of America and China early this week. Ms Lagarde's term will begin on July 5.

No easy task awaits her. The IMF has been intimately involved in the management of the European sovereign debt crisis (as has Ms Lagarde, in her ministerial position). The new IMF leader must decide how best to deploy its own resources while negotiating with Europe's divided leadership. As a European herself, Ms Lagarde will face intense scrutiny; she will need to go out of her way to demonstrate independence. But many in Europe will no doubt feel relief at the continued presence of one of their own at the IMF helm.

 

法財長拉加德 成為IMF史上首位女總裁!

法國財長拉加德(Christine Lagarde)周二(28日)順利獲選為國際貨幣基金組織(IMF)的新總裁,下周二(5日)正式就任。她接替 因涉嫌性侵下台的斯特勞斯卡恩,成為IMF自1944年成立以來首位女總裁,但也延續了歐洲人擔任總裁的慣例。

拉加德當選後首次公開談論歐債危機,她呼籲希臘實現「民族團結」,讓國會通過緊縮計劃,為歐盟和IMF出台第2輪救助計劃鋪路。曾任IMF董事的布魯金斯研究所資深研究員隆巴爾迪稱,拉加德或會任命IMF總裁特別顧問朱民出任其中一個副手職位。

55歲的拉加德與墨西哥央行行長卡斯滕斯成為最終兩位候選人,IMF在聲明中說,兩人都符合資格,執董會最後以達成共識、而不是正式投票的做法作出選擇。

拉加德任期5年,自下月5日開始。不過,拉加德涉及2008年一宗濫權案,法國最高法院延至下月8日裁決,有IMF董事會消息稱,IMF或待案件塵埃落定才與拉加德簽約。

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