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Uzbekistan's Defense Minister Sacked

Defense Minister Guyamov (Right) with U.S. General Tommy Franks in 2001 (epa) 18 November 2005 -- Uzbek President Islam Karimov today unexpectedly sacked Defense Minister Kadir Gulyamov, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reported.

Initial reports indicate that Ruslan Mirzaev, chairman of the Uzbek Security Council, has been appointed as acting defense minister.

There was no immediate explanation for Gulyamov's dismissal.

(RFE/RL's Uzbek Service)

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