World Bank Fallout Runs Downhill

Longtime Wolfowitz aide steps down, citing Rizagate
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted May 7, 2007 3:30 PM CDT
World Bank Fallout Runs Downhill
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz gestures as he addresses the media at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Wolfowitz attended an EU-hosted Global education conference to mobilize governments around the world to deliver on their promises for education in developing...   (Associated Press)

A top Paul Wolfowitz adviser—and Bush administration loyalist—has announced his resignation from the World Bank, citing the fallout from the Shaha Riza scandal. Kevin Kellems, who met Wolfowitz when both were at the Pentagon, says he cannot be "effective" in the wake of accusations that the bank president inappropriately secured a position for his girlfriend.

A controversial figure at the World Bank since Wolfowitz appointed him in June 2005, Kellems has been accused of misleading the media about some of Riza's pay raises. The departure came "just quickly enough to prevent the door from hitting him in the ass," writes liberal blogger Philip Baruth. (More Kevin Kellems stories.)

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