© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the headquarters of the National Bank of Ukraine in KyIv, Ukraine April 18, 2019. REUTERS / Valentyn Ogirenko
(Reuters) – Former banker Andriy Pyshnyi will be appointed president of the National Bank of Ukraine after Kyrylo Shevchenko stepped down as central bank chief, a senior lawmaker said on Wednesday.
The central bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Yaroslav Zheleznyak, first deputy of the parliament’s fiscal, tax and customs policy committee.
Shevchenko abruptly submitted his resignation on Tuesday, citing health reasons in a Facebook (NASDAQ:) post.
Yaroslav Zheleznyak wrote on the Telegram messaging app: “So no need to speculate at length about when and who: Andriy Pyshnyi will become the new head of (National Bank of Ukraine),” Yaroslav Zheleznyak wrote. on the Telegram messaging app.
He said Pyshnyi is likely to be appointed by the end of this week.
Pyshnyi, 48, is a former head of Ukraine’s Oschadbank and has helped advise the government to implement sanctions against Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February, and Moscow’s ally Belarus.
(Reporting in Kyiv by Pavel Polityuk, Writing in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly, Editing by Timothy Heritage)