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Mirziyoev Reshuffles Uzbek Cabinet

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev

State media reports in Uzbekistan say President Shavkat Mirziyoev has reshuffled the cabinet, replacing long-serving ministers of economy and trade.

The reports say that Mirziyoev signed an order on November 27 replacing Galina Saidova, the economy minister since 2011, with Botir Hojaev. Hojaev had been finance minister before the appointment.

Deputy Prime Minister Jamshid Qochqarov was given additional responsibilities as the finance minister.

Elyor Ganiev, who served as minister of economic ties, investments, and trade since 2012, was removed from the post, the reports said. It was not clear who would replace him.

Central Bank chief Suhrob Halmurodov was named a deputy prime minister and chief of an agency responsible for investments, innovations, free economic and industrial zones, and tourism.

Halmurodov will also supervise the newly established Innovational Development Ministry and a related innovation foundation.

Mirziyoev was named to replace President Islam Karimov after the autocrat's death was announced in September 2016 and was elected in a tightly controlled vote in December.

He has removed several Karimov-era officials and taken steps aimed to improve the struggling economy in the Central Asian country of some 30 million.

With reporting by and