IMF contenders line up after Kohler's shock exit

Horst Kohler's decision on Thursday 4 March to step down a year early from the IMF to accept a nomination to become German president has seen various names enter the fray as possible successors, including UK chancellor Gordon Brown.

Several prominent finance chiefs have been mentioned as potential candidates to fill Kohler's shoes in the International Monetary Fund's top job, including UK chancellor Gordon Brown and Spanish economy minister Rodrigo Rato.

Horst's deputy, Anne Krueger, will take

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