Serbian govt might hire Dominique Strauss-Kahn as advisor – report

By bne IntelliNews July 30, 2013

The Serbian government considers hiring as an advisor former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, daily Danas reported on July 30, quoting unofficial information.

According to the report, deputy PM and leader of the biggest party SNS in the governing coalition, Aleksandar Vucic, mentioned last week the possibility of a foreigner receiving a key job in the reshuffled government. Vucic was speaking at the party’s board meeting, where the planned reshuffle was discussed.

The daily quotes unnamed sources close to SNS as saying that this foreign expert, whose name as Vucic allegedly stressed would have an effect of “a real bomb” – is indeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

The sources claim that the potential involvement of Strauss-Kahn would be of great benefit for the Serb government and its economic policy in particular.

The planned government reshuffle is namely intended to move the cabinet’s focus to improving Serbia’s economic and financial state – it also targets splitting the current single ministry of finance and economy into two entities. Allegedly, the economy ministry would go to the hands of SNS, while the finance ministry will continue to be led by Mladjan Dinkic – the leader of the URS party, the smallest of three cabinet partners.

Strauss-Kahn filed his resignation from the top post at the IMF in May 2011 after a maid in a New York hotel accused him of trying to rape her.  He was arrested though the charges against him were dropped later on. Last week global media reported the former IMF chief is to face pimping trial for his role in an alleged prostitution ring at a luxury hotel in France.

Earlier in July 2013, Strauss-Kahn became a board member of the Russian Regional Development Bank – the banking arm of state-controlled oil firm Rosneft.

Regional media reported earlier this year that another Balkan country – Albania, is going to engage former British PM Toni Blair as an advisor to its new leftish government expected to step into office in September. 

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