Dispute over Slovenia's new central bank governor

Slovenia's president Janez Drnovsek refused on Monday 12 February to withdraw his candidate for the new central bank governor, despite fierce opposition to the appointment from the ruling party, the Associated Press said.

The row between Drnovsek and Prime Minister Janez Jansa could trigger a crisis, the newswire said, since the term of the current governor, Mitja Gaspari, expires on 31 March.

Drnovsek's candidate - vice governor Andrej Rant - is unlikely to get support in parliament, which is

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