Carstens launches rival IMF boss bid
Tuesday 24 May 2011 - by Andrew Hickley
Mexico's central bank governor has vowed to "take the battle to the Europeans" as he fights to become the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
"Therefore we need a managing director who can best serve all of the member countries, not merely those experiencing challenges at one particular point in time."
A former Mexican finance minister, Carstens' case could be bolstered from his past experience at the international body.
He served as an IMF executive director from 1999-2000, and also enjoyed three years as deputy managing director between 2000-2003.
Europe's leaders have however thrown their weight behind French finance minister Christine Lagarde, with her name repeatedly mentioned following the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn who stands accused of sex allegations against a New York maid.
Though Lagarde has emerged as the leading candidate for the role, she has yet to declare that she is in the running.
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