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Government could allow Simor to keep post after all

The question of who heads the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) has been marginalized in the government's view, daily Nepszabadság reported on Wednesday, citing "reliable" sources who wished to remain anonymous. Removing Simor from his post was a "question of prestige" for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán after elections, but obstacles to this aim, such as objections by the European Central Bank and the European Commission, as well as dire fiscal problems have "marginalized" the debate around Simor's person, the paper said. Népszabadság’s sources said a poor assessment by the MNB supervisory board of the central bank's salary policy and communications procurements was "unfortunate" and "poorly executed". Supervisory board chairman Zsigmond Járai, himself a former central bank governor, told MTI on Friday that the MNB's salary policy was not in line with international practices. On Monday, Simor refuted the criticism and said he would not resign because of threats or intimidation. Antal Rogán, an MP of governing Fidesz who chairs Parliament's economy committee, said in a television interview early Wednesday that Simor could remain central bank governor until the end of his mandate in 2013.