Top World Bank officials are set to resume deliberations Thursday about whether to fire Bank President Paul Wolfowitz.
A conflict of interest scandal prompted calls for Wolfowitz to resign. European officials have been pressing hardest for him to leave, while only the Japanese and U.S. governments appear to be supporting him.
News reports say Wolfowitz is negotiating with bank officials, trying to get them to soften misconduct charges in return for his resignation.
A special panel investigating his conduct has said Wolfowitz violated the terms of his contract and bank rules when he arranged a promotion and pay raise for his girlfriend, a Bank employee.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.