A planned demonstration by World Bank employees to demand the resignation of President Paul Wolfowitz over his involvement in a huge pay increase awarded to a female friend failed to happen Saturday. But protesters from aid advocacy and other groups marched outside the bank's headquarters calling for his firing. Wolfowitz, a former deputy defense secretary and one of the architects of the administration's Iraq war strategy, has said he made a mistake and has apologized for his role in Shaha Riza's promotion. The executive board of the 185-nation bank, whose mission is to fight poverty and improve living standards for the poor, is looking into the matter. The White House says President Bush has confidence in Wolfowitz and Paulson has called him a dedicated public servant. Some African officials attending the meetings also expressed support, saying Wolfowitz has made the continent a greater priority at the bank. "We have seen visionary leadership, steadfast progress under Mr. Wolfowitz" said Liberia's finance minister, Antoinette Sayeh.
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