Wolfowitz says sorry.

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    WASHINGTON, April 12 — Paul D. Wolfowitz, the president of the World Bank, apologized today for his role in arranging a highly paid job at the State Department for a woman with whom he has a personal relationship.

    “I made a mistake, for which I am sorry,” Mr. Wolfowitz said in a statement on the World Bank’s Web site. He said that in retrospect he should have “trusted my original instincts” and stayed out of the job negotiations involving the woman, Shaha Ali Riza.

    The transfer of Ms. Riza from the World Bank to a higher-paying job at the State Department has caused resentment among employees of the World Bank, and at an unfortunate time: the annual meeting of the World Bank and its sister organization, the International Monetary Fund, is scheduled to begin in Washington on Sunday, drawing together finance ministers from hundreds of countries.

    Mr. Wolfowitz seemed to be throwing himself on the mercy of the World Bank board members, who are meeting today. “I will accept any remedies they propose,” he said. He had promised earlier to “cooperate fully” with the board’s review of the episode.

    Mr. Wolfowitz, 63, has said that he arranged for Ms. Riza’s transfer because World Bank rules bar the institution’s employees from supervising anyone with whom they have a personal relationship, and that he consulted the bank’s executive board. But the transfer — and Ms. Riza’s salary, which an independent watchdog group said is $193,500, about $10,000 more than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s — only fueled more resentment among bank employees........


    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/world/12cnd-wolfowitz.html?hp

    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6D221CE8-ECE7-4566-BA45-5393A1705D47.htm
     
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    Cause him and George are gay lovers. I cant wait till Laura catches them in the sack together. :eusa_dance:
     
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    Wolfowitz faces calls to resign

    Staff at the World Bank have demanded the resignation of Paul Wolfowitz, the bank's president, after he admitted authorising large pay rises for his Libyan-born partner that took her salary to $200,000.

    He faces a fight for his political life after the bank's directors denied his claims the pay rises had been cleared by its ethics committee.

    But George Bush, the US president, stood firm behind an old colleague who was one of the architects of the war in Iraq.

    "The president fully supports Wolfowitz and wants him to continue his service as World Bank president," Tony Fratto, White House spokesman, said.

    The World Bank's staff association said on Friday that Wolfowitz, the ex-US deputy defence secretary, had "destroyed" the trust of employees and should quit.

    "He must act honourably and resign," the de facto union said in a letter to the World Bank's 10,000 staff.

    The bank's 24 executive directors said the ethics committee had not been involved in the decision to award Shaha Riza rises that gave her a salary greater than that of Condoleeza Rice, the secretary of state.

    They adjourned a meeting on Wolfowitz's future, saying they would move quickly to reach a decision.

    'An object of scorn'

    The Financial Times newspaper also called for Wolfowitz to go in an editorial on Friday.

    "If the president stays (the World Bank) risks becoming an object not of respect, but of scorn, and its campaign in favor of good governance not a believable struggle, but blatant hypocrisy," it said.

    The controversy has become a deep embarrassment for Wolfowitz as he battles to overcome skepticism about a campaign that he is waging against corruption in the 185-member World Bank's multi-billion-dollar lending.

    He is also under fire from long for his management style, following a series of clashes with the board and hostility towards his appointment of US Republican party allies to jobs in his inner circle.

    The nomination two years ago of Wolfowitz, a "neo-conservative" hawk, by Bush was widely seen as controversial given his position as a main architect of the Iraq war.

    Pay rises 'a mistake'

    Wolfowitz apologised on Thursday for the authorising the rises for Riza, describing the move as a "mistake."

    "I made a mistake for which I am sorry", he told a press conference in Washington.

    Wolfowitz refused to say if he might have to resign as the World Bank's board of governors discuss the row.

    Wolfowitz personally ordered the hefty pay rises for Riza, according to a Financial Times report published on Thursday.

    It cited two people who had seen a memo from Wolfowitz to the head of human resources spelling out the terms of the package.

    'Real regret'

    Wolfowitz said: "This was not in any way to protect personal interests. My real regret was that I didn't more forcefully keep myself out it.

    "I take full responsibility for the details of the agreement," he said, after saying that he had followed advice given by the bank's ethics committee on the employment of Riza.

    Colin Bradford, research professor in economics and international relations at the Brookings Institution, told Al Jazeera: "The fact is that there's evidence that he directly intervened in the matter and made some decision or recommendations that amount to decisions on his case on how to handle it.

    "It takes absolutely no brains whatsoever that it is utterly and totally inconsistent with the message of anti-corruption and good governance, which the Bank is trying to promote."

    'Personal dilemma'

    Riza was transferred from the World Bank's communications office to the US state department in line with bank regulations to avoid a conflict of interest after Wolfowitz's appointment in mid-2005.

    While still on the World Bank payroll, she was rapidly promoted and given large salary increases.

    Wolfowitz acknowledged that the situation surrounding Riza "had the potential to harm this institution" and said that given his romantic involvement with her, he faced a "painful personal dilemma when I was new to the institution".


    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2CD51CA0-66ED-4341-B6A0-DAB46F787D46.htm

    http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/14/america/web-0414wolfowitz.php
     
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    This is a big scandal, but him lying us into the Iraq war goes unmentioned? Thanks, American media. You suck.
     
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    Why are people surprised that a Bush Administration lackey condones and participates in nepotism? :eusa_wall:
     

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