Indonesia's Martowardojo gets parliamentary nod to be central bank chief

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's parliament approved Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo on Tuesday to become the next head of the central bank, taking over responsibility for monetary policy in one of the world's fast-growing economies.

The parliamentary commission voted 46 in favour, with one abstention and seven against.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono named Mr Martowardojo as his only candidate for the five-year term as governor of Bank Indonesia in a surprise announcement last month. It was second time lucky for Mr Martowardojo. Parliament had rejected his candidacy for the position in 2008.

He will replace the incumbent, Dr Darmin Nasution, when his term as governor ends in late May. The president has not yet announced who will replace Mr Martowardojo, a career banker who was regarded as a fiscal conservative, at the finance ministry.