Serbia to hire Strauss-Kahn as advisor


BELGRADE: Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has agreed to advise the Serbian government and is expected in Belgrade next week, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday.

“We have agreed in principle, there are only technical details to be settled,” Vucic said. “It is expected that Dominique Strauss-Kahn will come to Belgrade within a week.”

Earlier, Vucic said in an interview to state TV that Strauss-Kahn “will be a government advisor, he will advise the finance minister, me and the prime minister,” Ivica Dacic.

The length of Strauss-Kahn’s appointment and his remuneration were not disclosed.

The 64-year-old economist “will help Serbia to reprogram its debts,” Vucic said, adding that Strauss-Kahn “was not in particular satisfied and happy when he saw our balances but already offered several solutions.”

Strauss-Kahn resigned from his IMF job following his 2011 arrest over an alleged sexual assault on a New York hotel maid, but eventually reached an undisclosed financial settlement with his accuser.

French prosecutors have said he will face trial on pimping charges along with 12 others over an alleged prostitution ring.

However, Vucic said he would not judge Strauss-Kahn by his private life. “I am interested in him as an expert and a man who could help Serbia.”

Strauss-Kahn, who was once considered a serious candidate for the French presidency, has recently sought to return to public life, appearing at economic conferences in France and abroad and setting up an office in Paris.



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