Hours after the resignation of International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of France to fight sexual assault charges in New York, Arvind Virmani said the IMF board needs to openly elect the head rather than choose via back-room negotiations.
"The credibility of a candidate depends on the credibility of the process," he told AFP.
"There are a lot of people who feel that the process has not been credible...
that certain countries, certain nationalities were virtually pre-selected."
Virmani stressed that it was his own view, and not that of the countries he represents on the 24-member executive board -- India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan.
But in the past two days there have been numerous calls from emerging economies for a more open process and an IMF chief from the developing world.
"The era is over in which it may have been even remotely appropriate to reserve that important post for a European national," Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega said.
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