August 2, 2019 / 6:39 PM / 10 months ago

No EU candidate gets required majority for IMF nomination - source

BRUSSELS, Aug 2 (Reuters) - A majority of European Union governments gave their support to Kristalina Georgieva as the bloc’s candidate to lead the International Monetary Fund, but she failed to reach a large enough majority to be nominated, an EU official said.

After two rounds of votes on Friday, EU governments remained divided on how to proceed to name a single candidate for the IMF, the source said.

A candidate needs 55% of the votes of the 28 EU states, representing at least 65% of its population.

Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem is the only alternative candidate to Georgieva, after three others withdrew.

Talks were continuing on Friday to break the deadlock. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Mark Potter)

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