World Bank

Zoellick Approved as World Bank President

Zoellick.jpgAfter the Paul Wolfowitz fiasco last month, the World Bank board unanimously approved Robert Zoellick as the bank’s new president yesterday. Zoellick, a current Goldman executive and former deputy secretary of state, has adopted an anti-corruption platform in response to the decade-long charges of fraud, bribery and general sleaze against the institution.
Weirdo-face aside, Zoellick’s appointment has faced very little resistance. The Times wrote, “Think how much better it would have been if President Bush had simply named Robert Zoellick to lead the World Bank two years ago instead of putting the bank, his administration and the world through the unnecessary and embarrassing Paul Wolfowitz ordeal.”
Zoellick will start his new job on Sunday.
Zoellick Wins Approval As World Bank President [Wall Street Journal]

Zoellick.jpg Robert Zoellick is not afraid of foreign relations, or panda relations, seen here last January with Jing Jing at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in central China. “You want to know how the panda felt?” Zoellick asked. “Very soft.”
U.S. Envoy Engages In Panda Diplomacy [Washington Post]
Zoellick to Be Nominated to World Bank [Forbes]