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Former IMF Director Strauss-Kahn finds work in Serbia

Sept. 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

BELGRADE, Serbia, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn lined up a job as an economic consultant to Serbia's government, officials said.

B92 reported Tuesday that Strauss-Kahn said at a press conference in Belgrade that he would work pro bono for the first three months. He also said the country's economic problems "could be resolved, although the situation is very difficult."

"It will take some time, and now I cannot say what my advice would be," said Strauss-Kahn, who left the IMF abruptly to prepare for a criminal case he was facing in New York after a hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in May 2011.

Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister Alexsandar Vucic said he was "glad that Mr. Strauss-Kahn accepted to cooperate with the government."

"We, as opposed to others, want to resolve problems and work," Vucic said at the press conference.

Vucic said part of the economic team would work in Belgrade, while others would work in Paris.

Strauss-Kahn's job would be to help "to restructure the country's large foreign debt and to attract foreign investment and managing relations with the International Monetary Fund," Vucic said.

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