Turkmen leader sacks key aide amid graft charges

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov sacked his administration chief as economic troubles begin to mount

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Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has sacked his administration chief, complaining of corruption and mismanagement, state television said Saturday, as economic troubles begin to mount in the isolated Central Asian state.

Berdymukhamedov indicated “a weakening of discipline in the trade sector, the identification of cases of bribery among managers... a lack of attention to training and non-compliance with instructions provided” as justifications for sacking Palvan Taganov, 37, state media said.

A former mayor of the capital Ashgabat, Shamukhammet Durdylyev, 53, will replace him as administration head.

The head of the presidential administration serves as the deputy chairman of the cabinet of ministers, which is chaired by the president.

The position of head of presidential administration is the third most senior in the isolated state after the president and speaker of parliament, although there are few checks on Berdymukhamedov’s all-pervading powers in practice.

Last month Turkmenistan further tightened restrictions on the exchange of foreign currencies as pressure grows on the ex-Soviet republic’s manat currency roiled by low hydrocarbon prices.

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