JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon are expected to announce their choice for a new central bank chief in the coming days, a government source said on Thursday.
“It will be soon — probably next week,” the source told Reuters, without elaborating.
The Finance Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment.
Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug concludes her five-year term on Nov. 12 and she has decided not to stand for a second term. If a successor is not named by then, deputy governor Nadine Baudot-Trajtenberg would likely replace her in the interim.
Mario Blejer, a former head of Argentina’s central bank, is considered the favorite to replace Flug, although Israeli economics professors Ben-Zion Zilberfarb and Efraim Sadka and Amir Yaron, a finance professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, have also been interviewed.
Reporting by Steven Scheer; Editing by Toby Chopra