The International Monetary Fund groups 188 countries; its aim is to secure financial stability.
One of the organization's stated objectives is making financial resources available to member countries to meet balance of payments needs. The IMF therefor plays an important role in solving the crises of countries threatened by bancruptcy. Its headquarters are in Washington, D.C., United States.
For months, state employed cleaning ladies in Greece have camped outside government buildings to challenge reforms and state dismissals. This week, they intensified their protest: their state contracts expire Sunday when Greeks head to the polls in the first of a set of crucial elections that could determine the fate of the economy and the future of the cleaners. Anthee Carassava reports.