IMF to name managing director next week -spokesman

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WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) The International Monetary Fund's board expects to select the lender's new managing director by the end of next week, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday.

Spokesman Masood Ahmed said the board was interviewing the last of two candidates for the job, former finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn, on Thursday.

''After today, we will move into the final phase of this process, which is the board will deliberate on the two candidates.

''The executive board still expects to come to closure on this and make a decision by the end of next week,'' Ahmed told reporters.

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