Carstens says he's a "long shot" to head IMF

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 14, 2011 5:54 AM
Carstens says he's a "long shot" to head IMF

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mexican Central Bank Governor Agustin Carstens on Monday conceded he was a long-shot candidate for IMF managing director, but argued he would bring "a fresh set of eyes" to the debt crisis in Europe.

Carstens, in remarks at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said chances were "quite high" that French finance minister Christine Lagarde would get the job because of the 65-year-old tradition of European leadership at the fund.

He compared his own bid to starting a soccer game with a 5-0 deficit.(Reporting by Doug Palmer, Editing by Neil Stempleman)