Belarus replaces prime minister, central bank head

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and his Belarus' counterpart Alexander Lukashenko take part in the Eurasian Economic Union summit in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations on Tuesday completed the creation of a new economic alliance intended to bolster their integration, but the ambitious grouping immediately showed signs of fracture as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko sharply criticized Russia for restricting bilateral trade. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian president on Saturday replaced his prime minister, the head of the national bank and an array of other top officials as the country weathers economic troubles.

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