Runners emerge as successors to Strauss-Kahn as IMF head

Contenders from emerging market economies could challenge European dominance for the top post
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund, the IMF said in a statement, as he faces charges of sexual assault and attempted rape. Here is a list of potential candidates to succeed the Frenchman at the Washington-based institution (Bloomberg Images)
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Kemal Dervis (Turkey)\n\nSeen as a leading candidate for the IMF post if it goes to a non-European. Dervis is credited with bringing Turkey back from the brink after a 2001 financial crisis, by pushing through tough reforms and helping secure a multibillion dollar IMF bailout.\nDervis is vice president and director of the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.\n(AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
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Christine Lagarde \nIf the post does end up going to a European, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, 55, looks like a top candidate and it would make her the first woman to head the institution (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
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Axel Weber (Germany) \nWeber, 53, is a former president of the Germany's Central Bank (Bundesbank) from April 2004 to 2011 and was a member of the governing council of the European Central Bank. He was recently appointed economics professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
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Trevor Manuel (South Africa)\nManuel, 55, is well-respected in global financial circles, having served as finance minister of South Africa from 1996 to 2009. He has long been touted as a possible candidate for the IMF and the World Bank, although IMF insiders believe he would be best suited to the poverty-fighting World Bank (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
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Agustin Carstens (Mexico) \nCarstens, 52, has served most of his professional career as an economic policymaker in his home country, becoming governor of the Bank of Mexico in January last year after serving as the bank's chief economist. He had a successful stint as deputy managing director at the IMF from 2003 to 2006, before returning to Mexico to coordinate the economic policy program of President Felipe Calderon, later becoming secretary of finance\n(AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
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Arminio Fraga (Brazil)\n\nFraga, 54, has been described as one of Brazil's most successful central bank presidents, a job he held between 1999 and 2002 during a turbulent economic time.\nInvestors credit him with easing the effects of Brazil's devaluation of the currency in 1999 by jacking up interest rates to 42 percent and making it harder for consumers and companies to borrow.\nHe worked for billionaire George Soros for six years as managing director at the Soros Fund Management in New York and just sold his own hedge fund Gavea Investments Ltd to JP Morgan Chase (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
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Mark Carney (Canada)\nCanada's Carney, 46, the youngest central bank chief in the G7, has been touted by local media as a possible IMF candidate.\nAdvocates of Carney, who worked for 13 years at Goldman Sachs, suggest a Canadian would be seen as neutral leader able to build bridges between competing regional interests.\n(AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)