Turkmen Leader Sacks Roads Minister, University Dean
<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/1930018B-3BA0-4721-9B2E-1E9DCF3492CC_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov in Ashgabat last month (epa)"> <img alt="Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov in Ashgabat last month (epa)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/1930018B-3BA0-4721-9B2E-1E9DCF3492CC_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov in Ashgabat last month (epa)</p></div>ASHGABAT, December 8, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- President Saparmurat Niyazov has sacked Roads Minister Baimukhammet Kelov, accusing him of "serious shortcomings" in his work.
Turkmenistan's TDH news agency on December 7 carried a presidential decree appointing Ashyrgeldy Zamanov Roads Minister with a six-month probation period, but said nothing about Kelov.
In remarks broadcast on Turkmen TV later that day, Niyazov held Kelov responsible for delays in the construction of a new highway and other misdeeds.
"During the construction of the Ashgabat-Dashhowuz highway, your people have embezzled [construction material worth] some 18 billion manat," he said. You have done a dirty job, Baimukhammet. I am relieving you from your duties of minister and I'm also ordering prosecutors to investigate you."
On the same day, Niyazov dismissed the dean of the International Turkmen-Turkish University, Chary Komekov, and replaced him with Education Minister Shemshat Annagylyjova.
He accused Komekov of extorting bribes from students and overlooking the deterioration of the university's curriculum.
(RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, Turkmen TV, TDH, Gundogar)