Iraqi central bank chief leaves post amid currency volatility


Iraqi central bank chief leaves post amid currency volatility

Iraq’s prime minister said on Monday the country’s central bank governor had been relieved of his duties as the local currency continues to fall against the dollar.

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“Today, the central bank governor’s request for discharge was approved, as was the request for retirement by the president of the Trade Bank of Iraq,” Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said during a televised address.

Mustafa Ghaleb Mukhif’s departure as head of the Central Bank of Iraq comes after the market value of Iraq’s dinar fell against the greenback in recent months.

Without identifying the successors for the key posts, Sudani said they were “known for their experience, their abilities and their integrity”.

While an official exchange rate is set by Baghdad at 1,470 dinars to the dollar, the market value of the currency has dropped to 1,620 dinars since mid-November, according to the official INA news agency.

Analysts and officials say the drop in value coincides with efforts to make Iraq’s banking system compliant with the international electronic transfer system, known as SWIFT.

Muzhar Saleh, an adviser to the prime minister, previously told AFP these steps, which began in mid-November, were required to access Iraqi

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