August 2, 2019 / 1:51 PM / 22 days ago

Finland's central banker Rehn pulls out from IMF chief vote

FILE PHOTO: Finland's central bank governor Olli Rehn in Helsinki, Finland July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish central bank governor Olli Rehn, an European Central Bank’s board member, on Friday pulled out from the vote between EU leaders to choose a European candidate to lead the International Monetary Fund, he wrote on Twitter.

“I pull out from the vote at this stage, to allow for a broad understanding to be reached over a European candidate and get him or her the rest of the world’s support,” he wrote, adding the job itself would have been “highly worthwhile and motivating”.

Rehn had been shortlisted among three candidates that also comprised Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch former head of euro zone finance ministers, and Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva, the World Bank chief executive.

Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Alison Williams

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