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Wolfowitz promises corruption crackdown by World Bank

[JURIST] World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz [official profile] has promised to target corruption in governments that deal with the bank and in the organization itself during a worldwide staff meeting. As an example, Wolfowitz cited Kenya, from which the World Bank [official website] was withholding $250 million in loans due to high-level corruption scandals in the government.

Wolfowitz, the former US deputy defense secretary, also downplayed staff concerns over recent appointments [Washington Post report, registration required] to the bank of Republican loyalists from the US, including Suzanne Rich Folsom as the head [AAP report] of the Department of Institutional Integrity, which will lead the anti-corruption campaign. Wolfowitz said he had followed human resources procedures [Reuters report] at the bank in making the appointments. BBC News has more.

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