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Somali constitution change paves way for foreign bank boss

The Somali Lower House voted today to amend the constitution to allow foreign nationals to govern the Central Bank.

In the past, only a Somali national was allowed to be appointed as chief of the Central Bank.

Some 158 parliamentarians voted in favour of the change.

It has been widely speculated in Somali media that this paves the way for a British man named Nigel Roberts to become the first foreigner to head Somali Central Bank.

Some 17 lawmakers opposed the change and critics described the move as “treason”.
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