Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested only two days ago, but the jockeying for his post is under way. Could a non-European win the influential job?
That hasn't stopped governments around the world from looking for a successor.
The list of possible replacements is already long – and also indicates that the jockeying for Mr. Strauss-Kahn's post could be contentious and full of conflict. What's more, non-European candidates may be making a strong run for the position.
There's French Economy minister Christine Lagarde. She's known as a competent and smooth operator, but she is the object of a corruption investigation in France. Then there is Peer Steinbrück, former German Finance minister who has been credited with helping consolidate Germany's budget. He is also famously short-tempered. Kemal Dervis is another name on the list, the former Turkish Finance minister steered his country successfully through a financial crisis in 2001.