April 7, 2008 / 10:34 AM / in 11 years

Indonesia MPs approve Boediono as c.bank gov

JAKARTA, April 7 (Reuters) - Indonesian Chief Economics Minister Boediono has been appointed governor of the central bank following approval by a parliamentary commission, a member of parliament said on Monday.

Maruar Sirait, a member of the parliamentary commission which oversees the selection, said 45 legislators voted in favour of Boediono, while one rejected his appointment.

Boediono’s appointment, critical for the health of Southeast Asia’s biggest economy given soaring food and fuel prices, is seen as increasingly political in the run-up to elections.

Boediono, a well-respected technocrat with central bank and finance ministry experience, will take over from Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah, whose term ends in May.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono nominated Boediono, 65, after the parliamentary commission rejected his two previous candidates for the job last month. (Editing by Sugita Katyal)

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