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Tunisia president sacks central bank governor

Former Tunisian Central Bank Governor Mustapha Kamel Nabli (© 2009 AFP)

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki sacked Central Bank Governor Mustapha Kamel Nabli Wednesday, a statement said, without providing any reason for the economist’s dismissal.

The decision was made in agreement with Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali but has yet to be validated by the constituent assembly, Tunisia’s interim parliament, the statement said.

Nabli, a former World Bank economist, was appointed days after a popular uprising ousted longtime president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, under whom he served as a minister between 1990 and 1995.

According to observers, Nabli fell out with the authorities after fiercely defending the central bank’s independence from attempts by the governing Islamist party Ennahda to influence its policies.

“This government, especially the dominant Ennahda, is attempting to bring all public institutions under its control,” economist Mahmoud Ben Romdhane told AFP.

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