UPDATE 1-Peru's central bank chief open to third term

viernes 17 de junio de 2016 16:17 GYT

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By Teresa Cespedes

LIMA, June 17 (Reuters) - Peru's central bank chief Julio Velarde said on Friday he would consider President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's proposal that he head the monetary authority for a third five-year term.

Velarde, widely-respected in Peru and abroad, has been the president of the central bank since former president Alan Garcia appointed him in 2006. Outgoing President Ollanta Humala reappointed him in 2011.

Kuczynski has said he would like Velarde to stay on.

"I don't rule it out at all. What's more, I like the central bank," Velarde told reporters at a presentation.

Velarde said he had not yet met with Kuczynski since the former investment banker narrowly beat Keiko Fujimori, daughter of imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori, in Peru's run-off presidential race earlier this month.

Velarde praised Kuczynski and his pick for finance minister and said the economy would be in good hands after the president elect takes office July 28.

"He'll be a top-rate president," Velarde said. "His resume is probably one of the most outstanding of any president in the region."   Continuación...