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Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has been voted as the Best Central Bank in Islamic Finance again in the Islamic Finance news 2006 Best Islamic Banks Poll.

In a statement here Thursday, Islamic Finance news said the Central Bank of Bahrain took the runners-up spot.

Dubai Islamic Bank has been voted the world’s Best Islamic Bank for the second consecutive year, Kuwait Finance House second and CIMB Islamic in third place.

In the newly-created categories, Ernst & Young was voted the Best Islamic Finance Advisory Firm and Norton Rose as the Best Law Firm in Islamic finance.

In the sole individual category, Kuwait Finance House Malaysia’s executive director, Salman Younis, was voted the Best Individual in Islamic Finance.

Islamic Finance news said a total of 1,232 votes were cast in the various categories.

“Islamic finance issuers, investors, non-banking financial intermediaries and government bodies from around the world were invited to participate in the poll,” it said.

Download the full report of Islamic Finance news 2006 Best Islamic Banks Poll.