Accessibility links

Breaking News

Turkmen Council Of Elders Elects Unknown Farmer As Vice President

Turkmen Council Of Elders Meets In Ashgabat
please wait

No media source currently available

0:00 0:01:40 0:00

WATCH: Turkmenistan's Council Of Elders meets In Ashgabat

ASHGABAT -- An unknown farmer from Turkmenistan's northern Dashoghuz Province has been elected vice president of the country's Council of Elders.

The council is a rubber-stamp advisory body to the government.

Speaking to a council meeting on October 23, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov introduced Hally Nazarov as a "respected elder" who enjoys great admiration among his villagers.

The body unanimously elected Nazarov to the post.

Berdymukhammedov also sits as president of the council.

The president's speech was broadcast live on national television.

The Council of Elders consists of some 600 people, mostly above the age of 60.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.