Kazakhstan appoints new central bank chief

Kazakhstan's parliament on Monday 26 January approved Anvar Saidenov, 43, as the new head of the former Soviet Republic's central bank.

Saidenov, a British-trained economist, had been nominated to the post by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the parliament's press service said. He had been deputy head of the bank since 2002.

Previously, Saidenov headed a state investment agency and he also held the post of deputy finance minister from 1999 to 2000.

Saidenov replaces Grigorii Marchenko, who earlie

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