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Central Bank Chief Nomination Still Unclear

Consultations are still underway about the central bank chief nomination, Dimitri Kitoshvili, the president?s spokesman said on September 6.

The issue has become a major source of controversy between the parliamentary speaker, Nino Burjanadze and the executive authorities, as she has come out against the nomination of the ex-finance minister, Lexo Alexishvili, for the position.

In accordance with the law, a candidate should first become a member of the Board of the central bank and then be elected to the top position. Kitoshvili said that the president would nominate a candidate for Board membership next week.

Although Burjanadze chaired a session of the parliamentary bureau on September 6, she did not make any comment on the issue.

Nino Nakashidze, a lawmaker with close links to Burjanadze, however, said on September 6 that the parliamentary speaker was firm in her rejection of Alexishvili?s nomination.

?Mrs. Burjanadze is a very principled person and I think that she has not changed her position on the issue,? she said.

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