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08.06.2017, 20:54 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Turkmenistan To Abolish Free Utilities For All But The Neediest

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has ordered the government to outline ways to abolish utilities benefits that have provided households with free electricity, gas, and water for a quarter-century.

Berdymukhammedov said on June 6 that the benefits system established by his predecessor in 1993 was «ineffective,» according to state-run media reports in the tightly controlled Central Asian country.

Berdymukhammedov ordered the cabinet to «prepare proposals on eliminating the system of benefits in order to leave such benefits only for those who really need social assistance.»

The natural-gas-rich country's autocratic first post-Soviet leader, Saparmurat Niyazov, introduced the benefits system two years after the Soviet collapse.

Berdymukhammedov also urged the government to start reforms in the banking and taxation systems.

The orders come amid growing signs of economic troubles in the isolated country of 5.3 million.

Turkmenistan has some of the largest natural-gas deposits in the world, and the country is ruled by an authoritarian government that tolerates no dissent.

05.06.2017, 10:16 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
New Body To Fight Economic Crimes, Reshuffles Reported In Turkmenistan

State media in Turkmenistan report that a new government body to fight economic crimes has been established in the tightly controlled Central Asian country.

The reports on June 2 said that President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov signed a decree establishing the State Service for Fighting Economic Crimes.

The former chief of the Customs Service, Colonel Mammetkhan Chakiyev, was appointed to run it.

Berdymukhammedov also moved Supreme Court Chairman Begench Charyiev to the post of director of the Presidential Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.

In a job swap, Charyiev was replaced by Klychmyrad Khallyiev, who had led the democracy and rights institute.

The reshuffle comes less than a month after Berdymukhammedov sacked the prosecutor-general for «failing to fight corruption among law enforcement officers.»

Berdymukhammedov has ruled the gas-rich former Soviet republic with an iron fist since the death of his autocratic predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov, in December 2006.

Rights groups and government critics say the principles of human rights and democracy are routinely abused by Berdymukhammedov's government.

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