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Hungary's Gyurcsány to meet party chiefs over bank nomination

Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány invited leaders from the country's parliamentary parties for a meeting next week to discuss the nomination for central bank governor.

„The prime minister would like to ask their opinion about his ideas,” Emese Danks, a government spokeswoman said in a phone interview. She couldn't say which day the talks would happen or when a choice would be announced. „Given the importance of the matter at hand, he wants to take those opinions into account when making a decision.”

Central bank President Zsigmond Járai’s term expires on March 2. Gyurcsány will nominate his replacement, who will then be confirmed by President László Sólyom. There is no legal limit as to when a successor must be named. The list of potential candidates has narrowed to György Surányi, a former central bank president, Éva Várhegyi, a researcher who sits on the bank's supervisory board and Zoltán Bodnár, Surányi's one-time deputy who now heads the state-owned Magyar Export-Import Bank Zrt, the newspaper Magyar Hírlap reported today without citing anyone.

András Simor, head of the local Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu unit, Istvan Hamecz, the central bank's chief economist and Ferenc Karvalits, the chairman of mortgage lender FHB Nyrt were also in the running, state-owned MTI news agency reported on January 9. (Bloomberg)