Dominique Strauss-Kahn suggested he may consider cutting short his term as the International Monetary Fund’s managing director to join the French presidential race in 2012, Reuters reports.
“As it stands, I’ve always said, I am planning to see out my mandate. But if you ask me whether in certain circumstances I could reconsider this question, the answer is yes, I could reconsider this question,” he said on the issue he has consistently side-stepped in the past.
IMF spokeswoman Caroline Atkinson dodged requests for comments on the issue during the organization’s biweekly press briefing on Feb. 4. She said Strauss-Kahn’s statement was only hyptothetical.
Strauss-Kahn’s mandate ends October 2012. There’s little indication yet on who may replace him, although James Kirkup from the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph wonders: What about outgoing U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown?