Skrzypek named head of Poland's central bank

Poland's new central bank governor, Slawomir Skrzypek, a close ally of president Lech Kaczynski, was confirmed by parliament Wednesday 11 January. At a parliamentary hearing Skrzypek had earlier confused the deceased Wim Duisenberg with Jean-Claude Trichet when asked about central bankers he hoped to work with in his new role.

The 239-202 vote backing Mr Skrzypek's appointment ended a dramatic day in parliament, where a coalition party with the ruling Law and Justice, threatened to withhold it