EU governments pick Bulgaria's Georgieva as European candidate to lead IMF

FILE PHOTO: World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva attends a session of the Gaidar Forum 2018 "Russia and the World: values and virtues" in Moscow, Russia January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments chose Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva as their candidate to lead the International Monetary Fund, after more than 12 hours of talks and votes amid divisions within the 28-nation bloc.

The only alternative candidate to Georgieva, Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem congratulated her on Twitter after a second round vote in which she emerged as the clear winner.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; ; editing by John Stonestreet