Belka approved as Polish central bank head

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Polish lawmakers on Thursday approved the nomination of Marek Belka, a former prime minister and IMF European director, for the post of central bank president.

Despite some grumbling from the opposition and the Polish People's Party, the smaller of the two parties which form the country's coalition government, Belka, who was nominated on 27 May, was confirmed in the Sejm, the country's lower house, with 253 votes in favour. He required 231 votes for confirmation.

Belka told reporters immediately

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