Source : https://dofollownet.com
According to the Brazilian business magazine Exame, Barack Obama would have have proposed to the Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whom he defines as "the world's most popular politician", to become the next president of the World Bank.
In his Exame's column, journalist Marcelo Onaga wrote : "Representatives of the American president have met informally with Lula to know what would be his reaction if he were invited to chair the World Bank and were told that he would feel very honored by this invitation."
If the news were confirmed, it would be the first time in 65 years that a non-US citizen is nominated as president of the financial institution. The mandate of the current president, Robert Zoellick, will end in 2011 and Lula will have to leave his office in ... January 2011. Just a coincidence?
For the World Bank, which has often been accused of serving the wealthiest countries to the detriment of the poorest, it would be the sign of a dramatic policy change, as the Brazilian president, who has repeatedly criticized the World Bank during the economic crisis, is seen by many as the developing world's voice.
The Brazilian president's spokesperson, Marcelo Baumbach, said that this was just a rumor and that it was not worth commenting.Read »