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Wolfowitz admits helping aide

Washington, April 9 (Reuters): World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz said today he accepted full responsibility for the promotion of a staffer with whom he is romantically involved.

The bank’s staff association last week questioned Shaha Riza’s promotion and pay increases, and the bank’s board said on Friday they would look into whether the actions possibly violated the bank’s staff rules.

Wolfowitz told the bank’s staff in an email that he would ensure the board has access to the facts in the case “in a manner that also respects the bank's rules concerning the right of every staff member to the confidentiality of his or her records”.

He said he accepted “full responsibility for the actions taken in this case” and that he had always acted to uphold bank rules on employee rights and treatment.

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