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Pick World Bank chief based on merit: FM

Updated: 2012-02-17 07:57
( China Daily)

BEIJING - China called for the next World Bank chief to be picked based on merit, as current President Robert Zoellick plans to vacate the post traditionally held by a US citizen.

The next leader should be selected "based on merit and open competition", Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said at a briefing in Beijing on Thursday. Liu was responding to a question on whether the next head of the World Bank should be from a developing nation. Zoellick's term ends in June.

During his tenure, Zoellick worked hard to help developing countries face the challenges of the global financial crisis, Liu said.

Pick World Bank chief based on merit: FM