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February 07 2021 06:00 pm
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ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has fired the central bank governor amid the country’s economic downturn.

Murat Cetinkaya was replaced by Murat Uysal, the deputy governor, in a presidential decree published Saturday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has the authority to make such appointments, which previously required a cabinet decision, under new executive powers that went into effect last summer.

Uysal said the central bank would continue to “independently implement monetary policy instruments” for price stability.

Centikaya was criticized last summer for acting too slowly in tightening monetary policy and raising interest rates as the Turkish lira nosedived amid a diplomatic crisis with the U.S. The central bank then raised interest rates to the current 24%, despite Erdogan’s avowed aversion to high interest rates.

The central bank’s independence is widely questioned.

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