PARIS May 28 French Finance Minister Christine
Lagarde will visit Brazil on Monday as part of a campaign to win
backing for her candidacy as head the International Monetary
Fund, a source close to the minister said on Saturday.
The post of IMF managing director is open after Frenchman
Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned following his arrest on May 14
on charges of attempting to rape a New York hotel maid. He
denies the charges and has vowed to clear his name. [ID:nDSK]
"She will be in Brazil on Monday," the source said.
Lagarde, who officially joined the race for the top job in
global finance on Wednesday, is the favourite, with backing from
She looks close to securing support from the United States
and Russia but faces reticence from newer powers like Brazil and
China which have criticised EU officials for suggesting the new
head must be a European.
The only other declared candidate is Mexican Central Bank
Governor Agustin Carstens.
(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by Helen
Massy-Beresford; editing by Elizabeth Piper)