In yet another setback for the embattled World Bank president, Paul Wolfowitz’s girlfriend Shaha Riza announced that she is resigning as Mr. Wolfowitz’s girlfriend, “effective immediately.”
While Riza’s role in the conflict of interest scandal involving Wolfowitz and the World Bank had placed her in the eye of the media storm, few had expected her to relinquish her girlfriend post without a fight.
But according to a source close to Riza, the increasing pressure on the high-profile couple in recent days had convinced her that she “could no longer function effectively as Paul Wolfowitz’s girlfriend.”
A joint communiqué released by the couple indicated that the decision to leave her girlfriend post was entirely Riza’s, but sources close to Wolfowitz suggest that the idea had originated not with her, but with the World Bank president himself.
According to one source, “Paul had dinner with Shaha last night and told her they should start seeing other banks.”