Israel's central bank chief has a new and unexpected supporter in his bid to head the International Monetary Fund: the Palestinian prime minister.
Salam Fayyad says Stanley Fischer would make a "great managing director" for the world financial body and is a "superb human being."
The Palestinian Authority does not participate in the selection process, but Fayyad said if he had a vote, he would cast it for Fischer.
Fayyad, a U.S.-trained economist and former senior IMF official, told the Associated Press on Sunday that he has known Fischer for two decades, since the two worked together at the IMF.
A Zambia native and internationally respected economist, Fischer has headed the Bank of Israel since 2005. He announced his candidacy for the top IMF job on Saturday.