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Afghan Deputies Approve New Central Bank Chief

Afghan lawmakers have approved a new governor of the country's central bank.

American-educated banker Noorullah Dilawari, previously central bank governor from 2004 to 2007, replaces Abdul Qadir Fitrat, who left Afghanistan in June saying he was in danger after speaking out about the near-collapse of Kabul Bank.

The Afghan government dismissed Fitrat's claims, saying his life was not in danger, and suggesting he was fleeing a possible probe into his own activities.

Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund approved a new $133.6 million loan for Afghanistan after months of delay due to concerns over the Kabul Bank scandal, which it
described as a "Ponzi scheme."

compiled from agency reports