Turkmen leader sacks key aide amid graft charges

Members of the Presidential Guard patrol outside the Oguzkhan Presidential Palace in AshgabatTurkmenistan’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.

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