Tajik leader fires head of key power generator

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) -- Tajikistan's president has sacked the head of the country's primary power station days after the government introduced widespread power rationing.

President Emomali Rakhmon's press office isn't giving any reason for Makhmadullo Kurbono's dismissal, which is effective immediately.

Kurbono headed the Nurek hydropower station, which generates around 70 percent of the poor Central Asian nation's electricity.

The government last week imposed strict power cuts across the country.

The rules limits most of the country, excluding the capital, Dushanbe, to nine hours daily.

The country gets the bulk of its electricity from hydropower.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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