Finance Minister Mohamud Suleiman told Reuters on Thursday that Bashir Ali, a governor under a former transitional government who also held a top post in Somalia’s commercial bank, has been asked to take up the post on an interim basis.
“There is an understanding with him and the government that he holds that position temporarily but there is no cabinet approval.
“He is widely experienced and also a man of integrity,” he said
Suleiman added that Ali began his banking career in the 1960s and has held several top posts.
A report says that two governors had left in quick succession this year.
The Western and other donors, that had poured aid into Somalia to help prevent an Islamist militant resurgence, had pressed the government to clean up its finances.
The Diplomats said that the central bank saga has hurt confidence in the government.
The first woman governor, Yusur Abrar, resigned and fled Somalia a month ago after less than two months in the post, citing pressure to authorise improper deals, accusations the government denied.
She had taken over from Abdusalam Omer, who left in September after holding the post since February.
The U.N. monitoring group report linked him to irregularities in central bank withdrawals, a charge he and the government denied.
The Western nations and others in the region see Somalia’s reconstruction as vital to preventing the Islamist militant al Shabaab group from regaining ground after being pushed out of major urban areas by an African peacekeeping force.