Turkmenistan gets new Oil and Gas Minister

May 27, 1999 02:00 AM

Turkmen President Saparmurad Niyazov dismissed his Oil and Gas Minister Batyr Sarjayev as part of a general cabinet reshuffle.Sarjayev, who will now serve as defence minister, is to be replaced by Yelly Kurbanmuradov, who had previously served as a deputy minister in charge of the Turkmen economy and banking sector.
Kurbanmuradov will also keep his post as head of Turkmenistan's Foreign Investment Agency and Vneshekonombank. Niyazov said that these two posts would complement the new minister's work in the oil and gas sector.
The president did not say much about why he had ordered the changes in the cabinet line-up but did state that he hoped the new ministers would be able to improve relations with foreign investors.

Source: NewsBase
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