IMF Selection: Position Statements

This post will attempt to provide and regularly update the latest known positions from governments on the selection of the new IMF Chief. The official process can be found athttp://goo.gl/Dk9us.

For the latest likely percentages of votes for Lagarde v. Carstens in the Executive Board, click through to the Executive Board Tally Sheet.

LATEST HEADLINES as of 6/28/2011
» Executive Board selects Lagarde by consensus to a 5-year term, starting one week from today. (http://goo.gl/h7nRl)
» The U.S. and Russia endorse Lagarde (http://goo.gl/H25b2)
» China endorses Lagarde (http://goo.gl/F1vkw)
» Canada and Australia back Carstens (http://goo.gl/VMZBt)
» Could Brazil end up backing Carstens? (http://goo.gl/GzxiB), as predicted ?
» Lagarde endorsed by UAE, Bahrain, Egypt (http://goo.gl/j2zTk), Qatar (http://goo.gl/5cYqP) and Indonesia (http://goo.gl/d93Ij
» Lagarde wins African support, extends lead (http://goo.gl/3hKpw)
» Fourteen Latin American countries announce their support for Carstens. (http://goo.gl/TgzfQ)
» Lagarde fails to secure India’s open backing of her candidacy (http://goo.gl/2zum7)

Full Tally Sheet below the fold:

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KNOWN GOVERNMENT POSITIONS

Government Voting Percentage Latest Known Position (source)
Afghanistan 0.09
Albania 0.05
Algeria 0.53
Angola 0.14
Antigua and Barbuda 0.03
Argentina 0.87 6/3/2011 — “But in the end, recent bilateral trade spats aside, Argentina may end up backing whoever its bigger, BRIC-member neighbour Brazil does. And despite Carstens’ efforts to drum up support in Brazil this week, he might find he is flogging a dead horse.” (http://goo.gl/JN4qe)
Armenia 0.07 5/19/2011 — “Kazakh National Bank Chairman Grigory Marchenko’s candidacy was backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin and the other cabinet chiefs of the Commonwealth of Independent States… ‘We will now consider him as our single candidate from all the CIS states,’ Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said during a meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk.” (http://goo.gl/78klf)
Australia 1.32 6/8/2011 — “‘When it comes to East Asia, it is equally legitimate to have strong candidates from this region as well,’ Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the Asian-European Meeting (ASEM) wrapped up.” (http://goo.gl/OQz4v)5/23/2011 — “Australia will not be pushing its own candidate to become the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund, instead campaigning for an appointment on ‘merit’ because the convention of appointing Europeans is out of date. The Treasurer, Wayne Swan, is believed to have decided Australia’s push for reform in the fund’s appointment processes would be stronger without an Australian candidate.” (http://goo.gl/IjWUm

5/22/2011 — “Australia and South Africa on Sunday jointly called for an end to the International Monetary Fund’s top job being allocated on the basis of nationality, saying it undermined the group’s legitimacy. …’For too long, the IMF’s legitimacy has been undermined by a convention to appoint its senior management on the basis of their nationality,’ [Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan and South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan] said in a joint statement. ‘In order to maintain trust, credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of its stakeholders, there must be an open and transparent selection process which results in the most competent person being appointed as managing director, regardless of their nationality.'” (http://goo.gl/FKXyN)

Austria 0.87 5/21/2011 — “Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter backed French counterpart Christine Lagarde for the top job at the International Monetary Fund…” (http://goo.gl/XQcas)
Azerbaijan 0.09 5/19/2011 –“Kazakh National Bank Chairman Grigory Marchenko’s candidacy was backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin and the other cabinet chiefs of the Commonwealth of Independent States — a loose alliance of former Soviet states. ‘We will now consider him as our single candidate from all the CIS states,’ Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said during a meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk.” (http://goo.gl/78klf)
Bahamas 0.08
Bahrain 0.08 6/12/2011 — “French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde won the support of Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for her bid to become the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund.” (http://goo.gl/j2zTk)
Bangladesh 0.24
Barbados 0.06
Belarus 0.18 5/19/2011 –“Kazakh National Bank Chairman Grigory Marchenko’s candidacy was backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin and the other cabinet chiefs of the Commonwealth of Independent States — a loose alliance of former Soviet states. ‘We will now consider him as our single candidate from all the CIS states,’ Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said during a meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk.” (http://goo.gl/78klf)
Belgium 1.86 5/22/2011 — “Belgian Finance Minister Didier Reynders said Sunday that he is interested in heading the International Monetary Fund, posing as a possible recourse against Christine Lagarde, whom he acknowledges to be the favorite candidate of the Europeans.” (http://goo.gl/lN1n4)5/16/2011 — “‘It would be preferable if we continued to hold these posts in the future,” [Belgian Finance Minister Didier] Reynders told reporters in Brussels.” Referring to the U.S. leadership at the World Bank and European leadership of the IMF (http://goo.gl/eQTTT)
Belize 0.04 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Benin 0.05
Bhutan 0.03
Bolivia 0.10 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.10
Botswana 0.06
Brazil 1.72 6/22/2011 — “Brazil may throw its support behind Mexico’s central bank chief Agustín Carstens in his long shot bid to become the next head of the International Monetary Fund, according to Brazil’s representative at the IMF, Paulo Nogueira Batista.” (http://goo.gl/GzxiB

5/31/2001 — “Brazilian officials said in private before Lagarde’s visit that President Dilma Rousseff is inclined to back her candidacy as long as she pledges to continue reforming the IMF. They see Lagarde as having more clout to push reforms than Carstens, who arrives in Brazil on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/i229Z)5/27/2011 — “Christine Lagarde and Agustin Carstens will pay visits to Brazil next week as part of their campaigns for the position, the Brazilian Finance Ministry said Friday. …Mantega this week said Brazil would be prepared to support a candidate from Europe or from a developing country as long as the candidate backed reforms at the organization and sought to give greater voice to emerging market nations. He also said, however, that Brazil would request a temporary appointment to the post to serve out only the remainder of Strauss-Kahn’s term, which was due to end in 2012.” (http://goo.gl/CAuAM)

 

5/24/2011 — “Brazil will privately support Lagarde to head the IMF, according to a Brazilian government official who requested anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak publicly on the issue. In exchange for private support, Brazil will push for Lagarde to run the IMF only until the end of next year, when Strauss-Kahn’s term would have expired, the official said.” (http://goo.gl/AEoyf)

5/19/2011 — “Brazil’s finance minister, Guido Mantega, called for a candidate who could represent a greater number of member nations. ‘We’re beyond the point now where it is remotely appropriate to reserve this important position for a European citizen,’ he wrote.” (http://goo.gl/pRzQ3)

5/19/2011 — “’We must establish meritocracy, so that the person leading the IMF is selected for their merits and not for being European,’ Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega said, calling for a ‘new criteria’ for leadership. ‘You can have a competent European … but you can have a representative from an emerging nation who is competent as well.’” (http://goo.gl/AB0DM)

5/17/2011 — “Brazil believes the next head of the International Monetary Fund should come from a large emerging market country, but does not plan to pressure actively on the issue because Europe is likely to keep its ‘stranglehold’ on the job, a senior government official told Reuters on Tuesday.” (http://goo.gl/K4CeO)

Brunei Darussalam 0.12
Bulgaria 0.28
Burkina Faso 0.05
Burundi 0.06
Cambodia 0.06
Cameroon 0.10
Canada 2.57 6/8/2011 — “Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he had “good discussions” with Mexico’s Agustin Carstens earlier Tuesday but hasn’t decided who to back…” (http://goo.gl/g5VGp)5/19/2011 — “The job of new managing director of the International Monetary Fund will go to a European, a Canadian government official said on Thursday, despite Canada’s push for a merit-based process. ‘The reality is this process is going to result in a European getting this job,’ the official said on condition of anonymity.” (http://goo.gl/VOZY4

5/19/2011 — “The bookie’s listing for [Bank of Canada Governor Mark] Carney has fuelled considerable speculation in the Canadian media that he is a contender, so much so that both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Carney have been asked to comment. Both dodged the question.” (http://goo.gl/OPxuX)

Cape Verde 0.03
Central African Republic 0.05
Chad 0.06
Chile 0.37
China 3.82 6/27/2011 — “China’s central bank head voiced support Monday for Christine Lagarde’s bid to lead the IMF, Dow Jones Newswires said, in the country’s first public statement on the issue.” (http://goo.gl/F1vkw

5/24/2011 – “China is ‘favorable’ on the prospect of Christine Lagarde leading the International Monetary Fund, French government spokesman Francois Baroin said, indicating support for her may build beyond Europe.” (http://goo.gl/EJeot)5/19/2011 — “China, too, publicly weighed in on the debate, suggesting that achieving a consensus on the successor to Mr. Strauss-Kahn may take several months.” (http://goo.gl/cpejd)

 

5/19/2011 — “The official People’s Daily — China’s Communist Party mouthpiece — said Thursday the new IMF boss should be Chinese.” (http://goo.gl/IXa0G)

5/19/2011 — “Global Times, a sister publication of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece The People’s Daily, speculated on the prospect of a Chinese taking over the post. ‘If a Chinese person takes the post it will greatly promote economic exchange between China—the country with the largest trade volume and holdings of foreign reserves—and the international community,’ the paper said.” (http://goo.gl/29zbn)

5/19/2011 — “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu…said IMF leadership should be chosen on the basis of ‘impartiality’ and ‘merit,’ and that developing nations should be represented.” (http://goo.gl/PM0tY)

Colombia 0.34 6/9/2011 — “Colombia became the first major Latin American nation to publicly endorse Mexican central bank chief Agustin Carstens for the International Monetary Fund’s top job on Wednesday, calling on others to do the same.” ()
Comoros 0.03
Congo, Democratic Republic of 0.24 6/10/2011 — “Lagarde gave a characteristically polished performance in Lisbon, speaking in French and flawless English at a VIP lunch and handling questions in both languages at a press conference where the finance ministers of Ivory Coast, Charles Koffi Diby, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Matata Ponyo, backed Lagarde.” (http://goo.gl/2fIlG)
Congo Republic of 0.06
Costa Rica 0.09 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Côte d’Ivoire 0.16 6/10/2011 — “Lagarde gave a characteristically polished performance in Lisbon, speaking in French and flawless English at a VIP lunch and handling questions in both languages at a press conference where the finance ministers of Ivory Coast, Charles Koffi Diby, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Matata Ponyo, backed Lagarde.” (http://goo.gl/2fIlG)
Croatia 0.17
Cyprus 0.09
Czech Republic 0.43
Denmark 0.78 6/16/2011 — “”The French finance minister is a super candidate for the position as head of the IMF,” Finance Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen told Reuters.” (http://goo.gl/OG3Of)
Djibouti 0.04
Dominica 0.03
Dominican Republic 0.12 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Ecuador 0.15
Egypt 0.41 6/12/2011 — “French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde won the support of Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for her bid to become the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund.” (http://goo.gl/j2zTk)
El Salvador 0.10
Equatorial Guinea 0.05
Eritrea 0.04
Estonia 0.06 5/24/2011 — “Estonian Minister of Finance Jürgen Ligi has endorsed his French counterpart, Christine Lagarde, as an ideal candidate for the new head of the International Monetary Fund.” (http://goo.gl/RtSke)
Ethiopia 0.08
European Commission 5/19/2011 — “A spokeswoman for European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said that ‘consultations will intensify about this succession and indeed about putting forward a strong European candidate to take up the position.'” (http://goo.gl/Gp9Bu)
Fiji 0.06
Finland 0.53 6/13/2011 — “Finnish Prime Minister-elect Jyrki Katainen said on Monday Finland ‘has given its support to European candidate, Christine Lagarde’.” (http://goo.gl/Wlqx1)
France 4.30 5/26/2011 — “Lagarde told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Thursday that she was prepared to visit China, as early as Sunday, to drum up support for her bid. ‘China, Brazil and India are an absolute necessity,’ Lagarde told the newspaper in an interview.” (http://goo.gl/fSQnR)5/26/2011 — “French finance minister Christine Lagarde is planning to visit India, China and Brazil to drum up support for her bid to become the chief of the global lender. Lagarde, who announced her candidacy yesterday, has said that she was prepared to visit China, India and Brazil to muster broad support and not just the backing from Europe.” (http://goo.gl/fOD8t

5/24/2011 — “Lagarde is planning to announce her candidacy on Wednesday to be the new head of the IMF after the European Union reached a consensus on backing her.” (http://goo.gl/FEmzi)

5/20/2011 — “A senior French official said late Thursday that France hasn’t yet decided to propose [Christine Lagarde] for the job. ‘We would be delighted if Ms. Lagarde got the job and it seems that she wants it,” the official said. “Still, if Europeans agree on another candidate, that would be totally fine.'” (http://goo.gl/5ZnQF)

5/19/2011 — “’Any candidature, whatever it is, should come from Europeans who rally together,’ Ms Lagarde told reporters on the sidelines of a press conference on Thursday.” (http://goo.gl/pRzQ3)

5/19/2011 — “‘The European Union, whose member states are together the top contributor to the Fund, is in a position to propose a high calibre candidate, Europe should be united in its choice,’ said [French President Nicholas] Sarkozy.” (http://goo.gl/Ab8pz)

Gabon 0.09
Gambia The 0.04
Georgia 0.09 “Georgia supports the candidacy of French Finance Minister Christian Lagarde to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Georgian National Bank President Giorgi Kadagidze told media.” (http://goo.gl/085qk)
Germany 5.83 6/2/2011 — “German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she supports French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde to be the next head of the International Monetary Fund.  Merkel said in a speech in Singapore on Thursday that Lagarde was the ‘ideal embodiment’ of the economic and political experience necessary to lead the IMF.” (http://goo.gl/oR5qw)5/20/2011 — “”The fact that we Europeans have an interest (in making sure) that our European influence doesn’t diminish — that should be clear,’ said German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on German radio on Friday. “It is self-evident that we are steering negotiations in this direction.'” (http://goo.gl/pjq7P

5/19/2011 — “German Chancellor Angela Merkel supports France’s Finance Minister Christine Lagarde as the new head of the International Monetary Fund, Handelsblatt newspaper reported on Thursday, citing sources in the governing coalition.” (http://goo.gl/Fj8hK)

5/19/2011 — “‘Of course developing nations are within their rights in the medium term to occupy the post of either IMF head of World Bank chief,” [Merkel] she said according to AFP news agency. ‘But I think that in the current situation, with serious problems with the euro and the IMF strongly involved, there is a lot in favour of a European candidate being put forward.'” (http://goo.gl/NN6om)

5/19/2011 — “The German finance ministry believes the next chief of the International Monetary Fund should come from Europe and emerging countries should provide successors in the long term, a spokesman said on Thursday.” (http://goo.gl/xtrgj)

5/19/2011 — “Other possible candidates from Europe include former German central banker Axel Weber, although Berlin has yet officially to offer its backing.” (http://goo.gl/Gp9Bu)

Ghana 0.18
Greece 0.47
Grenada 0.03
Guatemala 0.11 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Guinea 0.07
Guinea-Bissau 0.04 6/10/2011 — “The minister for economic planning and integration of the impoverished West African nation of Guinea-Bissau said Friday that she would support French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde in her bid for the top post at the International Monetary Fund.” (http://goo.gl/5fth6)
Guyana 0.07
Haiti 0.06 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Honduras 0.08 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Hungary 0.44 6/8/2011 — “The host of the [ASEM talks], Hungary, also expressed its firm support for the French bid, calling Lagarde ‘by far the best candidate.’ ‘It is not because the EU is in a crisis, which has to be handled. It is just the opposite,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi said. ‘The IMF needs deep restructuring, a comprehensive reform,’ in which the EU has the best experience, Martonyi reasoned. (http://goo.gl/OQz4v)5/17/2011 — “Asked if an EU consensus was building that a European should head the IMF, Hungarian Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy said it was too early to say. ‘The role of the IMF seems to be vital to solve all of our problems,’ said Matolcsy, whose country holds the rotating EU Council presidency. ‘As a European, the answer might be yes, but it’s still too early to comment on that.'” (http://goo.gl/lYWH9)
Iceland 0.08
India 2.35 6/7/2011 — “French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said Indian officials showed “appreciation” for her bid to lead the International Monetary Fund but she failed to secure India’s open backing of her candidacy.” (http://goo.gl/2zum7)5/26/2011 — “Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that developing countries are trying to consolidate their position to take a view on the candidate for IMF chief post. ‘I am in touch with some of the finance ministers of developing countries and emerging economies … We are trying to consolidate our position where we can take a view,’ Mukherjee said.” (http://goo.gl/fOD8t

5/22/2011 — “…India is keeping its cards close to its chest. ‘We are watching and analysing these events and will come out with our decision very soon,’ a senior official told Hindustan Times. ‘No point putting in names when we don’t know who is in the field. Not coming out with a name is part of a deliberate strategy.’” (http://goo.gl/ar588)

5/20/2011 — “IMF board member Arvind Virmani, of India, said he would urge his fellow board-members to formally adopt a transparent and publicly disclosed voting process to choose the new chief.” (http://goo.gl/0VmhC)

5/19/2011 — “Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today said it is up to the Indian government to nominate his name for the top job at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).” (http://goo.gl/FA1oj)

5/19/2011 — “India on Thursday said it is watching the situation even as the country’s likely candidate Montek Singh Ahluwalia said it is for the government to take a view on the issue.” (http://goo.gl/6wxIo)

5/18/2011 — “Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Wednesday he was not putting forward his name for the International Monetary Fund chief’s post.” (http://goo.gl/M2oub)

Indonesia 0.86 6/12/2011 — “‘Personally I support France,’ Indonesian Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo said. ‘She is a very professional person. She is smart in interacting between institutions, and has high integrity and skills,’ the minister said in comments during an economic forum in the Indonesian capital.” (http://goo.gl/d93Ij)5/20/2011 — “Indonesia, too, would support Asian candidates, said Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo. ‘It would be good if the opportunity is also open for Asian candidates. Indonesia certainly will welcome and support it.'” (http://goo.gl/rBSOh)
Iran 0.63
Iraq 0.50
Ireland 0.53 5/26/2011 — “Finance Minister Michael Noonan…all but gave Ireland’s highest marks to his French counterpart Christine Lagarde for the top job at the IMF. …Mr Noonan said the Government had yet to make a formal decision on who to back. …Mr Noonan insisted there’ll be no bloc voting, a la Eurovision stitch-ups. ‘The Irish Government’s position is that rather than deciding candidates for positions like this on the basis of what region of the world they come from, they should be decided on the basis of the qualities of the candidate and whether they’re capable of doing the job or not.’ Obviously the memo didn’t go to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. ‘From a general point of view, I’d like to think there would be a European in charge of the IMF,’ the Taoiseach said in Kildare yesterday.” (http://goo.gl/feMCg)5/24/2011 — “‘We would like to see an EU head and on that basis if Christine Lagarde is a candidate it’s quite likely we would offer her our support,'” Ireland’s Europe Minister Lucinda Creighton told Irish state broadcaster RTE.” (http://goo.gl/e33dk

5/19/2011 — “Michael Noonan, Irish finance minister, told reporters any replacement for Mr. Strauss-Kahn should be a European.” (http://goo.gl/yjbHe)

Israel 0.45
Italy 3.17 5/19/2011 — “Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s prime minister, gave his backing, describing Ms Lagarde as an excellent choice.” (http://goo.gl/POi0i)5/19/2011 — “Italian Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti on Thursday threw his support behind French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde for the top job at the International Monetary Fund.” (http://goo.gl/KwRb5)
Jamaica 0.14
Japan 6.25 6/8/2011 — “A Japanese Foreign Ministry press official [at the ASEM talks] told reporters that his country’s position was ‘open’ and, as far as Japan was concerned, the right candidate must be ‘qualified, knowledgeable and capable.'” (http://goo.gl/1HJlL)6/1/2011 — “Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa asked her Japanese counterpart Takeaki Matsumoto to support the candidacy of Mexican central bank governor Agustin Carstens for Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). …Japan joined the list of countries that Espinosa has consulted to seek support for Carstens, including Australia, Thailand, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.” (http://goo.gl/EI3Qp

5/20/2011 — “Japan wants the next IMF leader chosen in a way that’s “open, transparent and based on abilities,” said Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda. “I am expecting an appropriate person will be selected through such a process,” Mr. Noda said, declining to name a favored candidate or say whether Japan will seek the position.” (http://goo.gl/rBSOh)

Jordan 0.10
Kazakhstan 0.18 6/9/2011 — “The appointment of French finance minister Christine Lagarde as head of the International Monetary Fund is a ‘done deal,’ rival Grigori Marchenko told the UK’s Daily Telegraph on Friday.” (http://goo.gl/4N6bA)5/20/2011 – “Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov called Friday on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to support the candidacy of Grigory Marchenko, Kazakhstan’s respected central bank president, to lead the IMF.” (http://goo.gl/k7rEK

5/19/2011 — “Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov wrote on his Twitter account today that his government will nominate central bank Chairman Grigori Marchenko for the post.” (http://goo.gl/2J2FC)

Kenya 0.14
Kiribati 0.03
Kosovo 0.05
Kuwait 0.58
Kyrgyz Republic 0.06 5/19/2011 — “Kazakh National Bank Chairman Grigory Marchenko’s candidacy was backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin and the other cabinet chiefs of the Commonwealth of Independent States — a loose alliance of former Soviet states. ‘We will now consider him as our single candidate from all the CIS states,’ Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said during a meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk.” (http://goo.gl/78klf)
Laos 0.05 6/8/2011 — “‘I think a successor is appropriate from Europe and from France,’ [Laotian Foreign Minister Thongloun] Sisoulith said as the [ASEM] talks in Godollo wrapped up.” (http://goo.gl/OQz4v)
Latvia 0.09
Lebanon 0.14
Lesotho 0.04
Liberia 0.08
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 0.48
Lithuania 0.10
Luxembourg 0.20 5/20/2011 — “Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker, who leads the group of euro-area finance ministers, said today that he supports France’s Christine Lagarde to be the new head of the International Monetary Fund.” (http://goo.gl/RdhF2)
Macedonia 0.06
Madagascar 0.08
Malawi 0.06
Malaysia 0.74
Maldives 0.03
Mali 0.07
Malta 0.07
Marshall Islands 0.03
Mauritania 0.06 6/15/2011 — “The Mauritanian government has expressed support for the bid of Mrs. Christine Lagarde, the French Minister of Economy, to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF), according to a statement from the Bank of Mauritania Thursday.” (http://goo.gl/UlDTN)
Mauritius 0.07 6/10/2011 — “Mauritius will back French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde to head the International Monetary Fund, Port Louis-based Le Matinal reported, citing unidentified government officials.” (http://goo.gl/kW7AH)
Mexico 1.47 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)5/24/2011 – “Mexican central bank chief Agustin Carstens announced his bid Tuesday to run the global institution. In an interview on Bloomberg TV, Carstens said the IMF doesn’t need a European to lead it. “I don’t see why… to contribute to solving the crisis in Europe, a European has to be the managing director,” he said. ‘Right now the crisis is in Europe, but we don’t know where the next crisis will be.'” (http://goo.gl/yhwUJ

5/22/2011 — “Mexico central bank Governor Agustin Carstens will be presented as a candidate for managing director of the International Monetary Fund, the Finance Ministry said in an e-mailed statement today.” (http://goo.gl/2fDO3)

5/20/2011 — “Mexico has pushed its own candidate, former IMF deputy director Agustin Carstens, currently the head of Mexico’s central bank. Mexican Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero told reporters he thought Mr. Carstens was the ‘best candidate’ to lead the Fund, and that the next head should be chosen on merit.” (http://goo.gl/5ZnQF)

5/19/2011 — “‘Mexico reaffirms its conviction that the process of selecting the governing body of the fund must be done through an open, transparent process based on the merits of the candidates without regard for nationality,’ the statement [from the foreign ministry] read.” (http://goo.gl/bKesD)

Micronesia 0.03
Moldova 0.08 5/19/2011 –“Kazakh National Bank Chairman Grigory Marchenko’s candidacy was backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin and the other cabinet chiefs of the Commonwealth of Independent States — a loose alliance of former Soviet states. ‘We will now consider him as our single candidate from all the CIS states,’ Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said during a meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk.” (http://goo.gl/78klf)
Mongolia 0.05
Montenegro 0.04
Morocco 0.26 6/10/2011 — “‘Morocco fully supports the candidacy of Lagarde given her professional qualities, skills, values, commitment towards developing countries and her ability to give a new impetus to the IMF,’ [Moroccan Finance Minister, Salaheddine] Mezouar told the press after a meeting with Lagarde on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the African Development Bank (ADB).” (http://goo.gl/00NH4)
Mozambique 0.07
Myanmar 0.13
Namibia 0.08
Nepal 0.06
Netherlands 2.08 5/23/2011 — “Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager said on May 23 Lagarde was “outstandingly suitable.” (http://goo.gl/Wlqx1)5/17/2011 — “…[Foreign Minister] Jan Kees de Jager of the Netherlands today said Europe should retain its traditional right to name the IMF chief, while the U.S. picks the head of the World Bank.” (http://goo.gl/lYWH9)
New Zealand 0.39 5/24/2011 — “New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday backed French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde to head the IMF, describing her as ‘super impressive’.” (http://goo.gl/YQJRr)
Nicaragua 0.08 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Niger 0.06
Nigeria 0.73
Norway 0.78 6/15/2011 — “Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has said Norway regards Lagarde’s candidacy as ‘very positive.'” (http://goo.gl/Wlqx1)
Oman 0.12
Pakistan 0.44
Palau 0.03
Panama 0.11 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Papua New Guinea 0.08
Paraguay 0.07 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Peru 0.28 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Philippines 0.38 5/20/2011 — “Philippine Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said an Asian should take the reins at the IMF…’ there is no time more fitting than now for an Asian leader to take the helm of such a distinguished organization'” (http://goo.gl/rBSOh)
Poland 0.70 5/25/2011 — “Poland supports French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde’s bid to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski said on Wednesday. ‘This is a very good candidacy, it’s hard to imagine a better candidacy and it has the backing of the Polish government,’ Rostowski told reporters in the Polish parliament.” (http://goo.gl/cNwWT)5/20/2011 — “The Polish government would like Leszek Balcerowicz, the father of Poland’s transition to a market economy, to become its candidate for the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Friday, calling Mr. Balcerowicz one of Europe’s best possible candidates.” (http://goo.gl/MdFr5

5/20/2011 — “Poland may propose its own candidate, former Finance Minister Leszek Balcerowicz, who turned Poland’s post-communist economy into a market-driven one.” (http://goo.gl/kRTCq)

Portugal 0.44
Qatar 0.15 6/14/2011 — “The ministry supports the candidacy of Christine Lagarde, the French Finance Minister, for the position of IMF Managing Director.” (http://goo.gl/5cYqP)
Romania 0.44
Russia 2.40 6/28/2011 — “Earlier Tuesday, the Russian finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, told reporters that Russia would vote for Ms. Lagarde’s candidacy.” (http://goo.gl/H25b2

6/9/2011 — “With hours before the deadline to submit nominees, the French finance minister has the backing of European Union countries, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has voiced his support.” (http://goo.gl/bLbGs)6/7/2011 — “French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde’s candidacy for the post of the head of the International Monetary Fund faces no convincing competition, Russia’s government sherpa to the IMF said on Tuesday.” (http://goo.gl/QJJDF)

6/1/2011 — “French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde faces no real competition from emerging markets in her bid to lead the International Monetary Fund, though it’s high time for a non-European to take over, said Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak.” (http://goo.gl/cvxf7)

5/19/2011 — “Russia and other ex-Soviet states on Thursday backed Grigory Marchenko, head of Kazakhstan’s central bank, to run the International Monetary Fund after the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.” (http://goo.gl/of8LV)

5/19/2011 — “Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on Thursday…’Our principle is that a comprehensive selection process should be held without defining the region from which the new IMF head should come.'” (http://goo.gl/4Ws3s)

Rwanda 0.06
Samoa 0.03
San Marino 0.04
São Tomé and Príncipe 0.03
Saudi Arabia 2.81
Senegal 0.09 6/15/2011 — “Senegalese Foreign Minister Madicke Niang said on Wednesday Lagarde has the “unreserved” support of Senegal in her bid for the IMF job.” (http://goo.gl/Wlqx1)
Serbia 0.22
Seychelles 0.03
Sierra Leone 0.07
Singapore 0.59 6/1/2011 — “Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday said French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was highly qualified to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but the city-state had not yet decided which candidate to support. …However, the IMF nominations had not closed, ‘therefore we cannot say whom we will decide to support,’ said Lee. ‘I would not say that I am looking for an Asian candidate. I think we want to look for the best person,’ he said.” (http://goo.gl/sfM9r)
Slovak Republic 0.20
Slovenia 0.14 6/10/2011 — “Slovenia is rallying behind the candidacy of French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde as the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund, a diplomat said Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4ZAhr)
Solomon Islands 0.03
Somalia 0.05
South Africa 0.77 6/1/2011 — “Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday that South Africa may still advance its own candidate before the June 10 deadline.” (http://goo.gl/cvxf7)5/26/2011 — “South Africa on Thursday insisted that the next IMF chief come from the developing world, but a government spokesman acknowledged that the country’s cabinet had not discussed the name of potential candidates.” (http://goo.gl/fSQnR

5/21/2011 — “[Trevor] Manuel’s chief of staff, Dumisa Jele, said whereas the local and international media had been trying to get Manuel to ‘breathe a word’ on the issue, the minister’s view was that there was nothing to comment on.” (http://goo.gl/wV2p7)

5/19/2011 — “[South African] Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says he will back his predecessor, Trevor Manuel , to be the next MD of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). …’SA calls for a candidate from a developing country to be given the opportunity to be the MD.'” (http://goo.gl/hCnJc)

South Korea 1.37 5/27/2011 — “[Finance Minister] Yoon Jeung-hyun…told the Financial Times that ‘she is a very strong candidate and has the qualities needed to be a good managing directer’ in an interview on Friday. ‘Yoon Jeung-hyun’s enthusiasm for another potential European IMF managing director strikes a contrast with Brazil, Russia, India and China, which have condemned the ‘obsolete unwritten convention’ that a European traditionally takes the helm,’ reports the Financial Times.” (http://goo.gl/OldiC)5/27/2011 — South Korea’s finance minister Yoon Jeung-hyun gave an interview to the Financial Times, and they wrote: “Seoul could not announce its final preference until after June 10, the candidates’ deadline. He said he remained keen to see whether an equally strong candidate to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn would emerge from a developing nation.” (via IMFboss.com, http://goo.gl/iR3PK

5/19/2011 — “South Korea’s central bank chief Kim Choong-Soo has also said he hoped to see someone from an emerging country become the next IMF chief.” (http://goo.gl/AQKKq)

5/19/2011 — “SaKong Il, a prominent South Korean economist also considered a contender, said the selection of the next IMF managing director should be ‘merit-based,’ not dependent on the home country of the candidate. ‘It’s time to follow through on what’s been promised’ by the Group of 20 leaders, said SaKong” (http://goo.gl/IjVcr)

Spain 1.63 5/31/2011 — “The Spanish Economy Minister, Elena Salgado, said today that Spain will support the candidacy of Mexico to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) because of their common seat in the body and their vote is “indivisible”, but qualified that he would like management reached France Christine Lagarde.” (http://goo.gl/8gRQw)5/17/2011 — “[Foreign Minister Elena] Salgado said Spain ‘would like it to continue being a European.'” (http://goo.gl/lYWH9)
Sri Lanka 0.19
St. Kitts and Nevis 0.03
St. Lucia 0.04
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 0.03
Sudan 0.10
Suriname 0.07
Swaziland 0.05
Sweden 0.98 5/19/2011 — “‘One figure whose name comes up in discussions is Christine Lagarde and I must say I am very impressed by her,’ Sweden’s Finance Minister Anders Borg told national radio. ‘She has influence and experience.’…Borg added that being a woman could be a plus.” (http://goo.gl/Gp9Bu)
Switzerland 1.41
Syrian Arab Republic 0.15
Tajikistan 0.06 5/19/2011 –“Kazakh National Bank Chairman Grigory Marchenko’s candidacy was backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin and the other cabinet chiefs of the Commonwealth of Independent States — a loose alliance of former Soviet states. ‘We will now consider him as our single candidate from all the CIS states,’ Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said during a meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk.” (http://goo.gl/78klf)
Tanzania 0.11
Thailand 0.60 5/20/2011 — “[Thailand’s Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij] said Singapore’s Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam would be a good choice to take on the top job at the IMF.” (http://goo.gl/rBSOh)5/20/2011 — “I can understand the Europeans’ concerns,” Thailand’s Mr. Korn said. “They want a chief who is sympathetic to the euro-zone problems…But I’m all for casting wider net.” (http://goo.gl/rBSOh)
Timor-Leste 0.03
Togo 0.06
Tonga 0.03
Trinidad and Tobago 0.16
Tunisia 0.14
Turkey 0.50 5/19/2011 — “Minister of Finance Mehmet Şimşek has said the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government is fully behind former Turkish economy minister and head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kemal Derviş as a candidate for managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).” (http://goo.gl/Fx1bu)
Turkmenistan 0.06 5/19/2011 — “Kazakh National Bank Chairman Grigory Marchenko’s candidacy was backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin and the other cabinet chiefs of the Commonwealth of Independent States…’We will now consider him as our single candidate from all the CIS states,’ Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said during a meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk.” (http://goo.gl/78klf)
Tuvalu 0.03
Uganda 0.10
Ukraine 0.58 5/19/2011 — “Kazakh National Bank Chairman Grigory Marchenko’s candidacy was backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin and the other cabinet chiefs of the Commonwealth of Independent States…’We will now consider him as our single candidate from all the CIS states,’ Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said during a meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk.” (http://goo.gl/78klf)
United Arab Emirates 0.27 6/12/2011 — “French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde won the support of Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for her bid to become the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund.” (http://goo.gl/j2zTk)
United Kingdom 4.30 5/27/2011 — “David Cameron reaffirmed his support on Friday for Christine Lagarde to win the top job at the International Monetary Fund as the French finance minister said she is taking her election campaign to India before heading to China and Brazil to drum up support.” (http://goo.gl/K2aZt)5/21/2011 — “British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has decided that he doesn’t even want to know who is going to be nominated before he backs French finance minster Christine Lagarde for the top post that the IMF. According to news reports today, he proclaimed: ‘”On the basis of merit, I believe Christine is the outstanding candidate for the IMF – and that’s why Britain will back her.'” (http://goo.gl/7yS7e

5/19/2011 — “Britain’s current premier, David Cameron, has made clear that his government would not back a [Gordon] Brown candidacy for the IMF job.” (http://goo.gl/wJacq)

4/19/2011 — “[In April, David Cameron] suggested that the IMF should look to ‘another part of the world’ for its next leader to increase its global standing. ‘If you think about the general principle, you’ve got the rise of India and China and SouthAsia, a shift in the world’s focus, and it may well be the time for the IMF to start thinking about that shift in focus,’ he said.” (http://goo.gl/re4hU)

5/19/2011 — “[British] Business Secretary Vince Cable said that the IMF’s top job should go to someone who understands the internal problems of the Eurozone.” {Editor’s note: The UK is not part of the Eurozone.} (http://goo.gl/UtzJA)

5/19/2011 — “…a highly-placed European official this week said London considered Lagarde ‘certainly a credible candidate.'” (http://goo.gl/Gp9Bu)

United States 16.80 6/28/2011 — “The United States supports Finance Minister Christine Lagarde of France to take over as the new chief of the International Monetary Fund, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said in a statement Tuesday.” (http://goo.gl/H25b2

6/6/2011 — “The United States supports the timetable laid out to select a new International Monetary Fund chief, and wants to see the best candidate chosen, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.” (http://goo.gl/QARxF)5/26/2011 — “[Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton says the U.S. will endorse someone as the selection gets closer. But on Thursday she added what amounts to a boost for Lagarde’s prospects, by saying that the U.S. will ‘welcome women who are well-qualified and experienced to head major organizations such as the IMF.'” (http://goo.gl/GevDJ)

5/25/2011 — “U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday said France’s Christine Lagarde and Mexico’s Agustin Carstens are both ‘credible’ candidates to lead the International Monetary Fund… Geithner said the United States was working with emerging economies and Europe to make sure the fund’s structure ‘reflects the balance of power in the world today.'” (http://goo.gl/4ZAZH)

5/20/2011 — “A former U.S. official said the only way to block the France’s Ms. Lagarde would be for the so-called Brics developing nations—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—to quickly agree on a candidate and force the U.S. and EU to respond.” (http://goo.gl/rBSOh)

5/20/2011 — “Edwin Truman, a former Obama and Clinton Treasury official, said it is important for the U.S. to appear neutral in the proceedings and not as a deal-cutter with Europe. That means the U.S. isn’t likely to back a European candidate unless the person could show broad support outside the continent.” (http://goo.gl/5ZnQF)

5/19/2011 — “‘We haven’t taken a position on any particular candidate. What is important at this juncture is that we move quickly to an open process to promptly select the next managing director for this very important institution,’ said Lael Brainard, Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs.” (http://goo.gl/GTqOo)

5/19/2011 — “In Washington, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said: “We want to see an open process that leads to a prompt succession for the Fund’s new managing director.” (http://goo.gl/Gp9Bu)

Uruguay 0.15 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Uzbekistan 0.14 5/19/2011 — “Kazakh National Bank Chairman Grigory Marchenko’s candidacy was backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin and the other cabinet chiefs of the Commonwealth of Independent States …’We will now consider him as our single candidate from all the CIS states,’ Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said during a meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk.” (http://goo.gl/78klf)
Vanuatu 0.04
Venezuela 1.09 6/9/2011 — “The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement a dozen other Latin American nations now backed Carstens, [including] Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the statement said. Costa Rica also endorsed Carstens on Wednesday.” (http://goo.gl/4j63E)
Vietnam 0.21
Yemen 0.13
Zambia 0.22
Zimbabwe 0.17

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