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Saturday, 21 March, 1998, 04:57 GMT
Belarus appoints new central bank chief

The former deputy prime minister of Belarus, Pyotr Prakapovich, has been made the new chairman of the National Bank.

His appoinment follows the sacking by President Alexander Lukashenko of the bank's entire leadership, including the chairman, Gennadiy Aleynikov, after a sharp fall in the value of the Belarusian rouble.

He blamed the West for the collapse of the currency.

Earlier, President Lukashenko had threatened to fire his cabinet if they failed to resolve the currency crisis.

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