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Turkmen President Issues Amnesty For 2,000 Inmates

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov
ASHGABAT -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has reportedly signed an amnesty decree for 2,000 prisoners.

In a televised statement issued on October 24, Berdymukhammedov said the clemency was granted "in accordance with the noble tradition of our nation, based upon teachings of our great ancestors, and due to the 21st anniversary of Turkmenistan’s independence."

Before Berdymukhammedov’s presidency, his predecessor Saparmurat Niyazov issued amnesty decrees once a year, in the holy month of Ramadan.

Berdymukhammedov issues such decrees several times a year, usually ahead of state holidays.

Turkmenistan's Independence Day is October 27.