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Dismissal of Uzbekistan’s security chief key indication on outcome of president’s economic and political liberalisation agenda

01 February 2018

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On 31 January 2018, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev dismissed the chief of Uzbekistan’s National Security Service (NSS), Rustam Inoyatov – service chief since 1995.

Inoyatov was replaced by Ikhtiyor Abdullayev, who has served as the prosecutor-general since 2015. The Uzbek leader laid the groundwork for Inoyatov’s dismissal in December 2017, when he told the joint session of the bicameral legislature that the NSS needed reform.

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