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Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job

French, Mexican candidates in close competition to take over as chief of International Monetary Fund

Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde speaks at a press conference in Beijing on June 9, 2011. The International Monetary Fund on Monday shortlisted French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde and Mexican central bank chief Agustin Carstens for the IMF's top job (AFP/Getty Images)
Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job
Governor of Mexico's Central Bank Agustin Carstens delivers remarks at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington on June 13, 2011. Carstens said Monday that his French rival to run the IMF, Christine Lagarde, might have a conflict of interest, because of Europe's high borrowing from the crisis lender (AFP/Getty Images)
Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job
Mexican central bank chief and IMF candidate Agustin Carstens (L) shakes hands with Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee during a meeting in New Delhi on June 10, 2011. Carstens met with Indian leaders in New Delhi to press his case to be the next International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, as he and French rival Christine Lagarde criss-cross the globe to garner support. Nominations to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as managing director of the International Monetary Fund close later Friday, and Lagarde is seen as the odds-on favourite. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job
Mexico’s Central Bank President Agustin Carstens (R) speaks during a joint press conference with Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega at the Finance Ministry in Brasilia, on June 01, 2011. Carstens, 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. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job
Agustin Carstens 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) (AFP/Getty Images)
Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde (R) leaves after her meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi (L) at his office in Cairo on June 12, 2011, as she campaigns among emerging countries to become managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (AFP/Getty Images)
Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job
If she wins, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, 55, would be the first woman to head IMF (AFP/Getty Images)
Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job
Lagarde, the French finance minister, has the political muscle to keep up pressure on European leaders to deal with the continent's debt crisis - a key asset for the top IMF job in the current economic environment, according to Reuters (AFP/Getty Images)
Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job
France's Christine Lagarde brought her IMF roadshow to India on June 7 in the leg of a world tour aimed at overcoming opposition in emerging countries to her bid to lead the institution (AFP/Getty Images)
Lagarde, Carstens shortlisted for IMF top job
French Minister for Economy, Finance and Industry Christine Lagarde (L) talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) during a meeting in New Delhi on June 7, 2011 Ahluwalia (AFP/Getty Images)