Swedish minister of Finance Anders Borg will not back former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as the new IMF Boss


Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg does not see the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as successor to rape accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the International Monetary Fund.

Brown's name has been proposed as an alternative to fill the head office of the IMF but on Wednesday night Anders Borg spoke to Sky News and made it perfectly clear that Brown can not be considered.


Borg said, among others that it would not be credible to choose an IMF president from a country that has its own serious economic problems.
“It would be hard to imagine having someone who was so responsible for the economic crisis in Britain at the helm of the IMF,” said Borg told Sky News.

“A country with a ten per cent deficit is perhaps not where you will find a successor.”
Borg added that there were several other strong European candidates, but that there was no rush to appoint a new IMF head right now. The question whether Strauss-Kahn can stay on even if he is freed is being discussed by finance ministers in several countries.

The American Minister of Finance, Timothy Geithner, said on Wednesday that Strauss-Kahn, right now is not "in a position where he can control the IMF." And Strauss-Kahn may not have much support. Spain's finance minister, Elena Salgado, described the crime he is accused of as "very serious" and added:
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