Monday, October 20, 2014


Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Restricts Presidential Prerogatives

<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/7EDC0BC5-1CA6-4954-9708-3855DD1AC145_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="A statue of former President Niyazov in Ashgabat (file photo) (epa)"> <img alt="A statue of former President Niyazov in Ashgabat (file photo) (epa)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/7EDC0BC5-1CA6-4954-9708-3855DD1AC145_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>A statue of former President Niyazov in Ashgabat (file photo) (epa)</p></div>March 20, 2007 -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has abolished the power of the country's president to rename institutions and geographic locations and redraw administrative borders.


State media report that only parliament will be able to do so from now on.


Berdymukhammedov's predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov, who died in December 2006, established a cult of personality, naming cities, schools, and even months of the year after himself and members of his family.


(AP)

Human Rights In Turkmenistan
Tajigul Begmedova speaking at RFE/RL in Prague on July 21 (RFE/RL)

LIFE UNDER NIYAZOV: On July 21, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a presentation by TAJIGUL BEGMEDOVA, chairwoman of the Bulgaria-based Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (THF). Begmedova discussed the human rights situation in Turkmenistan under President Saparmural Niyazov, focusing on the arrests in June of THF activists and RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondent Ogulsapar Muradova. Begmedova, who graduated from the Institute of Economy in Moscow in 1987, fled Turkmenistan in 2002 and lives in exile in Sofia.


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