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From Shamed to Applauded, Strauss-Kahn Is Greeted With Open-Arms in Return Visit to IMF

In this handout photo provided by the IMF, Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn makes his statement at the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Press Conference during the 2011 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings at IMF's Headquarters April 16, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The IMF/World Bank Meetings being held this week which will host Finance Ministers and Bank Governors from 187 countries.
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Former IMF cheif Dominique Strauss-Kahn was greeted with applause during his visit to the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. on Monday.

The visit was arranged at Strauss-Kahn's request. He met with Christine Lagarde, the new head of the IMF then addressed an auditorium filled with IMF Staff.

According to Reuters:

"He received a very warm welcome," said Paulo Nogueira Batista, who represents Brazil and a group of eight Latin American countries, after the meeting.

"It reflects the fact that he is very much appreciated in the institution," Nogueira Batista said, adding: "People clapped for very long periods."

Another witness, who asked not to be identified, said staff broke into spontaneous applause before Strauss-Kahn began speaking. He did not talk about his court case but did note that the U.S. justice system had been fair, the witness said.

Strauss-Kahn, however, was not as popular last week when protestors outside the courthouse where he met with prosecutors, who dropped all charges of sexual assault against him, chanted phrases like "D.S.K, Shame on you!" and "Whatever we wear, wherever we go, yes means yes, no means no."

What a different a week makes.

Hat Tip: DealBreaker

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