Turkmenistan oil chief sacked for incompetence

Leader of Central Asian state now fired four oil ministers since 2007

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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The oil and gas minister of Turkmenistan has been sacked for incompetence only three months after being appointed to the position.

The government daily Neutral Turkmenistan said Oraznur Nurmyradov was fired by the Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov for “work deficiencies”.

"Certain chiefs of the oil and gas sector carry out their duties carelessly, showing passivity in resolving questions of the development of the sector," Berdymukhamedov is quoted as saying.

Nurmyradov has been replaced by his deputy, who was put in temporary charge until a new appointment is made.

Berdymukhamedov has now sacked four oil ministers in the hydrocarbon-rich Central Asian state since 2007.

Coincidentally the move comes shortly after OPEC member Algeria suspended, Mohamed Meziane, the head of its state-owned energy company Sonatrach, for alleged corruption. 

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