Mexico backs U.S. nominee Kim to head World Bank

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Posted: Apr 11, 2012 8:45 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico thinks Jim Yong Kim, the U.S. nominee for the next World Bank president, is the best candidate for the job, deputy finance minister Gerardo Rodriguez said on Wednesday.

Korean-American health expert Kim is up against Nigerian Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala, who left a top post at the World Bank last year, and former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo.

"Mexico supports the candidacy of Dr. Kim," said Rodriguez in a emailed statement, adding the Mexican government would vote for him.

(Reporting by Simon Gardner and Dave Graham)