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Ex Soviet states back Kazakh bank chief to head IMF

ALMATY, May 19 – The prime ministers of 12 former Soviet republics have backed the candidacy of the Kazakhstan central bank chief to head the IMF, the Kazakh prime minister said on Thursday.

Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said he had personally submitted Kazakh National Bank Chairman Grigory Marchenko\’s candidacy during a meeting of former Soviet state prime ministers in the Belarus capital Minsk.

"The CIS Heads of Government Council backed G. Marchenko as a candidate to lead the IMF," the Kazakh prime minister wrote on his Twitter account.

The Commonwealth of Independent State (CIS) does not include the three Baltic states.

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