Outgoing Prime Minister John Key has been tipped as a potential candidate to head the International Monetary Fund, an appointment signed off by US President Barack Obama.
An article on MSC Newswire says Key's background in international finance would make him an ideal candidate to replace Christine Lagarde as the managing director of the IMF. Lagarde has been ordered to stand trial in France over what became known as the Tapie Affair.
"Mr Key has the required money market experience. He has run a country. He has backed President Obama's showpiece international thrusts, the TPPA, and the Paris Climate.
"He is known to be on personal terms with President Obama who will have the ultimate sign-off on the IMF leadership."
It said a push was under way for a non-European to get the role.
Key was unaware of the speculation when contacted. He is yet to comment on whether he would consider the role, but has said he intended to remain living in New Zealand after stepping down as Prime Minister. He did expect to take up positions on boards, possibly internationally.