US economist offered key IMF role

US - A conservative economist aligned with the US administration has been offered the key job of first deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund.

The organisation is close to naming staff for its four senior vacant positions. The appointments will be finalised over the next few days, but the role formerly filled by Stanley Fischer has been offered to Anne Krueger, a professor at Stanford University.

Her appointment follows a dispute between Horst Kohler, IMF managing director,