US-based professor new Afghan central bank chief

AFGHANISTAN - An American-based university professor and former merchant banker on Sunday was appointed to probably the toughest finance job in the world - governor of the Afghan Central Bank.

Dr Anwar Ahady, 51, at present a professor of Politics and International Relations at Rhode Island's Providence College, said he accepted the position without any misgivings as a patriotic gesture to his Afghan homeland.

But he faces a huge challenge in a country where the banking system has not changed s

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