February 22, 2018 / 9:47 AM / 10 months ago

Ukraine parliament may vote on central bank governor on March 1

FILE PHOTO: Yakiv Smoliy attends a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian lawmakers may vote to approve the nominee for the role of central bank governor on March 1, parliamentary Speaker Andriy Parubiy said on Thursday, citing a preliminary schedule.

In January, President Petro Poroshenko nominated acting central bank chief Yakiv Smoliy to be governor on a permanent basis, ending months of uncertainty over the highly-politicised position.

But the choice still has to be approved by parliament and Parubiy said the vote could take place next week.

“This issue is preliminarily planned for Thursday (March 1),” news agency Interfax Ukraine quoted him as saying.

Poroshenko’s delay in putting forward a candidate following the resignation of the former governor last May caused concern to Ukraine’s backers including the International Monetary Fund.

Reporting by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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