Central & South Asia
Turkmen sacked over false reports
Turkmenistan's president sacks five ministers over falsified agricultural reports.
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2006 18:52 GMT
President Niyazov maintains a Soviet economic model which opposes the import of wheat


Turkmenistan's president has sacked two ministers over forged reports on the country's agriculture.
Turkmenistan's autocratic ruler has accused five regional governors of falsifying agricultural reports, including a recent report on winter wheat planting. He has said the country could face bread shortages next year as a result.
Saparmurat Niyazov, the president of Turkmeistan, has called the forged reports "outrageous". He said: "In 2007, there won't be enough bread for everyone.
"Last week there were bread shortages in Ashgabat and people started complaining."
Two of the governors have subsequently been fired and three others have been reprimanded.
Niyazov has said that reports on cotton planting in spring were "massively falsified" and that only 38 percent of the planned 2.2 million tons of cotton have been harvested this year.
Turkmenistan and another ex-Soviet Central Asian nation, Uzbekistan, both experienced scandals in the 1980s after prosecutors discovered widespread corruption, and the distortion of agriculture reporting.
Niyazov, a former Communist leader, has ruled Turkmenistan, a country of five million people, since 1985.
He maintains a Soviet economic planning model and opposes importing flour.
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