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Fidesz still wants Simor out, paper says

Hungary's conservative Fidesz government has not yet given up on sacking the head of the country's central bank (MNB), daily Népszava reported.

Despite the lull, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his government is actively seeking ways to remove MNB governor András Simor, keeping former MNB deputy Henrik Auth on standby as a replacement, the paper said, without naming a source. Simor, who was appointed by the previous Socialist government, has been under constant fire by Fidesz for bad policy choices and his offshore investment. Fidesz has recently pushed through Parliament a law capping the salaries of public organizations, including Simor's, at HUF 2 million a month. Earlier, Napi Gazdaság also cited Auth as Orbán's candidate to replace Simor. Auth was MNB's deputy governor between 2001 and 2007.