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Fed's Mester: Bank of England navigated stressful chapter well

FILE PHOTO: Bank of England raises interest rate to 1.75% as inflation hits 13%

(Reuters) - Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester said on Thursday the Bank of England did well navigating a recent round of market stress.

In restarting asset buying to tackle a period of heavy market stress last month, "that was a very difficult challenge, and I think (Bank of England officials) pulled that off very well," Mester said.

Restarted Bank of England bond buying courted criticism from some quarters as it pushed back against the institution's ongoing work to quell high levels of inflation.

(Reporting by Michael S. Derby; Editing by Chris Reese)