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U.S. Denies Clinton Seeking To Be World Bank Chief

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Top U.S. administration officials have strongly denied suggestions that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in talks to lead the World Bank.

Philippe Reines, a close advisor to Clinton maintained that such reports are untrue. "Secretary Clinton has not had any conversations with the president, the White House or anyone about moving to the World Bank," he said.

U.S. officials were referring to a report from the Reuters news agency that said Clinton was in discussions with the White House to leave her job next year and take over as head of the World Bank, replacing Robert Zoellick should he leave at the end of his term in mid-2012.

A source close to the global lender had earlier this week also indicated to AFP that the United States was studying her possible candidacy at the World Bank, where an American traditionally holds the top job.

Clinton has publicly said on several occasions that she will step down as secretary of state at the end of the current administration.

compiled from agency reports