Strauss-Kahn Resigns from his IMF Post

Washington, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned from his post as managing director of the International Monetary Fund after being accused of sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel.

Four days after Strauss-Kahn was detained in the United States as he was boarding a plane to Paris, the IMF website disclosed a resignation letter its chief sent to the IMF executive board late Wednesday.

The letter said he was stepping down to “protect this institution, which he has served with honor and devotion.”

In his letter of resignation, Strauss-Kahn said that he would devote all his strength, time and energy to proving his innocence.

“To all, I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me,” said the former IMF chief, now being held at Rikers Island prison.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, faces charges of sexually assaulting a 32-year-old maid for the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan, New York.

The scandal has caused a strong reaction among the IMF members, chiefly its main contributor, the United States, which publicly said that the French citizen could not remain in his post.

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