Erdogan replaced central bank chief over lira slump, discomfort with policy, sources say


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Turkish addresses members of his ruling AKP during a in Ankara

ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan replaced ’s chief over the rapid depreciation in the lira and discomfort with the bank’s policy steps not yielding results, three officials told Reuters on Saturday.

Erdogan replaced Murat Uysal with former minister Naci Agbal after the lira hit record lows, having lost 30% of its value this year.

Agbal, is seen as a capable technocrat with an orthodox approach to policy, faces a difficult task, but his closeness to Erdogan will be an advantage in tackling issues, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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“There was discomfort over the rise of the rate and the steps taken not yielding results. The rise in the exchange rate really exceeded very rapidly. Some steps were expected to have an impact, but that didn’t happen,” one senior Turkish official said.

“The speed at which he can reach Erdogan is critical in this period. He will convince politicians on certain issues,” the person added.



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