IMF chief has 'forfeited our confidence,' should resign, Sen. Kirk says

Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkDemocrats race to link GOP incumbents to Trump Trump ticket looms over vulnerable GOP senators Elizabeth Warren stumps, raises funds for Duckworth MORE (R-Ill.) on Wednesday called for the resignation of embattled International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. 

"The criminal allegations against Mr. Strauss-Kahn are alarming and undermine confidence in the institution at a critical juncture in our economic history," Kirk said from the Senate floor. "Mr. Strauss-Kahn has forfeited our confidence and should resign or be fired from his position at the IMF."

Strauss-Kahn, a Frenchman, is being held at Rikers Island jail complex in New York, facing accusations of sexually assaulting and attempting to rape a hotel maid. Since his arrest, the IMF's global operations have been thrown into turmoil.

In a tweet Wednesday evening Kirk said that French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde should replace Strauss-Kahn. 

"Sarkozsy's conservative Financial Minister, Christine Lagarde, should replace Strauss at the IMF," Kirk tweeted.

New York police arrested Strauss-Kahn on a plane at JFK International Airport Saturday afternoon before it departed for France. He is being held without bail.

In the meantime, Kirk said the IMF's second-in-command, John Lipsky, should assume full responsibility for the organization. He said a process for determining a replacement for Strauss-Kahn should be put into place as quickly as possible.

Strauss-Kahn's arrest appears to have ended his chances at becoming president of France. Before his arrest, Strauss-Kahn was the leading liberal presidential candidate with hopes of unseating French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Watch the video of Kirk here.

The post was updated at 9:00 p.m.

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