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Turkmenistan's Top Military Officials Dismissed

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov
ASHGABAT -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has dismissed Defense Minister Agageldi Mammetgeldiev and the head of the State Border Agency, Bayram Alovov, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reports.

They were replaced, respectively, by the former chief of Turkmenistan's Customs Agency, Yaylim Berdiev, and the former chief of the State Agency Against Drug Trafficking, Islam Orazov.

The moves came after Berdymukhammedov harshly criticized the activities of the Defense Ministry and the State Border Agency at a televised session of the nation's Security Council.

Last week, Berdymukhammedov fired one-third of the country's government, as well as the head of the state oil company.