‘Crisis atmosphere’ grips World Bank.

Sources say “there is a crisis atmosphere at World Bank headquarters,” as “displays of rebellion” are coming from “all levels of staff.” IPS reports:

[A]bout 110 country directors, their deputies and programme coordinators sent a message Friday saying they want Wolfowitz out.

At issue is a scandal involving excessive pay he coordinated for his girlfriend and then-Bank staffer Shaha Riza at a time when he was spearheading an anti-corruption campaign at the Bank and in its projects.

The officials, many of them considered senior staff, had met with Wolfowitz Wednesday at the Watergate office complex in Washington DC, where he was asked repeatedly to resign. At least four country directors publicly called upon him to leave his job.