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Frist in Running For World Bank President Post: WSJ

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is being carefully considered by the White House as a replacement for Paul Wolfowitz as World Bank president, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.
Haraz N. Ghanbari
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

The Bush administration intends to appoint an American and is drawing up a list of possible nominees, despite calls for a more international search for a candidate, the Journal said.

Frist, a doctor who worked to secure U.S. funding to fight infectious disease in Africa during his 10 years in the Senate, is favored by National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, the Journal reported, citing a person familiar with White House deliberations.

Other candidates include Treasury Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt and former U.S. trade representative Robert Zoellick, the paper said.

Wolfowitz agreed to resign last week amid controversy about a pay package approved for his girlfriend.