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Tashkent, 26 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Two local police officials of Uzbekistan's Namangan region were gunned down this week in broad daylight at a railway station. Local authorities tell our correspondent that they believe Monday's killings might have been murder-for-hire. Recently, President Islam Karimov dismissed Namagan's regional governor, because of the region's high level of unsolved crimes.

Karimov to Greece This Month

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov next week starts a three-day visit to Greece. Our correspondent reports talks in Athens are expected to focus on bi-lateral economic and political cooperation.

Parliament Reconvenes Next Month

Uzbekistan's Parliament reconvenes next month (Apr 24). Our correspondent reports that top items on the agenda, at this time, are draft laws on the observance of human rights; and economic issues, such as customs-and-tax codes.

Housing Decree Provides Long-Term Credit

A decree by President Islam Karimov made public today reads that every citizen of Uzbekistan is entitled to a long-term credit with which to buy housing. Itar-tass news agency says that, under the decree, the Government will compensate individuals for 50 percent of the cost of the housing, and that loans will be issued for a period of ten years at an annual interest rate of 20 percent.