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Uzbekistan: President Chews Out Former Would-be Rival

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pictured while meeting with the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates in Tashkent on May 24, 2017. (Photo: President.uz)

Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has in a remarkable outburst dressed down a man once believed to be a viable rival contender for national leadership.

Speaking at a government meeting on May 30, Mirziyoyev slammed Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov in a wider broadside against bankers, “do-nothing financiers” and bribe-takers. Azimov and his like, he said, were to blame for it all.

The Ahborot evening news bulletin showed a report on the government meeting on the day, but dwelled in general terms on the problems with the country’s banking and financial system. The outburst, which was directed at Azimov and regional financial officials, was not shown.

Audio of the meeting surfaced, however, on the Facebook page of RFE/RL’s Uzbek service, Radio Ozodlik.

Mirziyoyev’s raging tantrum is remarkable for the detail with which he upbraids the targets of his anger. At one stage he lashes out at the head of a bank for the Samarkand region.

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