DAKAR May 14 The International Monetary Fund
says it questions the rationale of and procedures that led to
Mali buying a $40 million presidential jet given the country's
pledges to fight poverty, a spokesman said.
The IMF has contacted Malian authorities about the purchase
as well as a separate 100 billion CFA franc ($209.02 million)
state guarantee issued to guarantee a loan secured by a private
company with a Malian bank to provide supplies for the army, the
The IMF spokesman added that the process of getting this
information will delay the first review of its post-war aid
package and, as a result, a $6 million disbursement due in June
will be delayed.
($1 = 478.4340 CFA Francs)
(Reporting by David Lewis; Editing by Chris Reese)