Turkmenistan leader slams central bank chief

TURKMENISTAN - At a government meeting on 6 August, Turkmen President Saparmyrat Niyazov harshly criticized the head of the Central Bank for failing to prevent embezzlement of state funds and for using his position to promote people without merit.

Niyazov told the meeting, as broadcast by Turkmen TV the following day, that Seyitbay Kandimov, "doing a favour" to Deputy Prime Minister Berdimyrat Rejepov, had promoted the latter's brother.

"We should stop the existing violations in this sphere. Le