The International Monetary Fund said Friday it is giving managing director Christine Lagarde a second five-year term.
Lagarde, the first woman to hold the post, was the only candidate nominated. Her new term starts July 5.
Lagarde, 60, was named the IMFs 11th managing director in 2011. She has led the multinational lending agency through the European debt crisis and a period of global economic stagnation which shes labelled as the New Mediocre.
In a statement, Aleksei Mozhin, dean of the IMFs executive board, said board members were impressed with Lagardes strong and wise leadership… During turbulent times in the global economy, Ms. Lagarde strengthened the funds ability to support its members.
Before joining the IMF, she was an international lawyer. She also has served as Frances minister of trade, agriculture and finance. During the financial crisis of 2008, she led a council of European Union finance and economic ministers.
In December, Frances Court of Justice of the Republic ordered Lagarde to stand trial over her role in a 2008 arbitration ruling that gave 400 million euros ($444 million) to a French businessman. Lagarde, who was finance minister at the time, has denied wrongdoing. The prosecutor who investigated the payment had argued that the case against her should be dropped.
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