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Turkmen President Dismisses Prosecutor For 'Shortcomings'

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (file photo)
Turkmenistan's president has dismissed the country's prosecutor-general and carried out a wide-ranging reshuffle of the security and law-enforcement agencies.

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov announced on September 1 that Prosecutor-General Yaranbyrat Yazmyradov had been fired for unspecified "disciplinary violations" and for "serious shortcomings in his work." He was replaced by former Supreme Court head Amanmyrat Khallyyev.

In addition, the deputy national security minister in charge of Ashgabat was dismissed for "serious shortcomings in his work." A deputy interior minister was also fired.

The moves come in the wake of a televised meeting of the National Security Council on August 25 at which the president discussed measures for improving the military and law-enforcement organs.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS