By Ed Attwood
Several officials in the frame for key post as former head awaits trial in New York
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has confirmed the departure of its former managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is currently in a US prison awaiting trial for attempted rape.
The agency released a statement quoting Strauss-Kahn, who expressed his “infinite sadness” that he felt compelled to resign his position.
The official also confirmed that he denied “with the greatest possible firmness” all of the allegations made against him.
John Lipsky, Strauss-Kahn’s deputy, will remain as acting managing director of the IMF for the time being. However, he is scheduled to leave the agency in August.
Other officials who may be considered for the key position, which has traditionally been given to a European, include French finance minister, former Turkish economy minister Kemal Dervis and former British prime minister Gordon Brown.
“I think at this time first of my wife—whom I love more than anything—of my children, of my family, of my friends,” Strauss-Kahn said in the statement.
“I think also of my colleagues at the Fund; together we have accomplished such great things over the last three years and more.”
Strauss-Kahn – considered one of the front-runners for the French presidential race next year – was escorted off an Air France jet in New York’s John F Kennedy airport four days ago after allegations against him were made by a hotel employee.
He is accused of sexually assaulting the maid at the luxury Sofitel hotel in midtown Manhattan