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IMF to end age-limit rule, pave way for Georgieva to take over as new MD

Bloomberg August 22 | Updated on August 22, 2019 Published on August 22, 2019

Kristalina Georgieva   -  Reuters

The IMF executive board recommended removing the age-limit for the fund’s Managing Director, paving the way for the European Union-backed candidate to replace Christine Lagarde.

Kristalina Georgieva, the World Bank’s chief executive, was earlier this month selected by European governments as their nominee to head the fund. Current IMF rules prohibit the appointment of a new Managing Director aged 65 or older and say they can’t serve in the role past their 70th birthday, the fund said in a statement on Wednesday. Georgieva turned 66 last week.

Lagarde is set to step down on September 12, and the IMF wants to choose her successor by October 4.

Removing the age restriction for the IMF Managing Director will bring the rules in line with those for the IMF executive board and the World Bank Group President, according to the statement. None of those positions are subject to an age limit, the IMF said in its statement.

The IMF board of governors must give final approval on removing the age restrictions.

Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to rally support for former Finance Minister George Osborne to become the next head of the IMF, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Published on August 22, 2019
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