David Cameron has indicated that he might block former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, from becoming the next head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Cameron told the BBC that the position requires an "extraordinarily competent" person. Speaking on BBC Radio 4 this morning, he suggested that "someone who didn't think we had a debt problem in the UK [...] might not be the best person" to chair the world's top financial institution.
Gordon Brown is seen as possible replacement for Dominique Strauss-Kahn -- the IMF's current manager -- whose term comes to an end in 2012. It is thought that he could stand down before finishing his full term in order to run for the French Presidential election, in the spring of 2012.
The IMF's Managing Director is selected by the Fund's board, but must be voted in by member states. The world's richest economies -- such as the US, France or the UK -- hold the most votes and can effectively veto any candidate they do not approve of, an option David Cameron could use against the former Labour leader.
Speculation that Gordon Brown could take Strauss-Kahn's role grew after he said in a speech last week in the US that he regretted setting up the Financial Services Authority in the mid-1990s without taking links between financial institutions into account. Some saw this as a mea culpa aimed at promoting his candidacy.