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Turkmen President Sacks Cabinet Members, Oil Company Director

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov
ASHGABAT -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has fired one-third of the country's government, as well as the head of the state oil company, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reports.

Berdymukhammedov was shown on TV late on January 15 accusing top officials of "committing unforgivable mistakes and miscalculations."

He then fired the ministers of energy, communications, sports and tourism, and the heads of the Turkmenneft state oil company and the state geological agency.

The dismissals were the biggest changes made in the government by Berdymukhammedov since he came to power in December 2006.