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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkmen Reshuffling

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov sacked a senior member of his government on Tuesday, state television said.

A news report said Niyazov had signed a decree ordering the dismissal of Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Babayev, who also held the title of minister of agriculture and water, for shortcomings in his performance. It gave no further explanation.

The report did not say who would replace Babayev in the Cabinet.