January 27, 2009 / 8:14 PM / 11 years ago

Iceland cbank change is key in new plan-president

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Iceland’s president said in a BBC interview on Tuesday that a change in central bank leadership was one of the “pillars” of a new political platform that is being forged following the collapse of a ruling coalition.

Speculation that central bank chief David Oddsson will lose his job has intensified in the wake of the political upheaval. Oddsson, an ally of the outgoing prime minister, is a chief target of protesters’ anger.

“In discussions and deliberations with leaders of the parties which will form the new government in a few days, it is absolutely clear that one of the pillars of the new programme will be a change in the leadership of the central bank,” President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson told the broadcaster.

On the question of when new elections might be held, Grimsson said: “It will probably be some time between April, May or June. It will definitely be soon.”

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