Turkmen Leader Sacks Roads Minister, University Dean
ASHGABAT, December 8, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- President Saparmurat Niyazov has sacked Roads Minister Baimukhammet Kelov, accusing him of "serious shortcomings" in his work.
Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov in Ashgabat last month (epa)
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)