Turkmenistan's president may get longer term

Berdymukhamedov, 50, came to power in late 2006 after the death of absolute leader Saparmurat Niyazov who ruled the Central Asian nation for 21 years and was officially president for life.

Turkmenistan's president may get longer term
Turkmenistan's parliament has told President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov it would like to extend the term of the presidency to 7 years, which would allow him to stay in power until 2014, official media reported.

Berdymukhamedov, 50, came to power in late 2006 after the death of absolute leader Saparmurat Niyazov who ruled the Central Asian nation for 21 years and was officially president for life.

"In order to facilitate the achievement of the goals set (by the president) it has been suggested to prolong the presidential term to seven years from five," parliament speaker Akja Nurberdyeva said on state television.

Last month Berdymukhamedov appealed on parliament to revise the Niyazov-era constitution, saying it was part of his push to liberalise the long-isolated state. Thursday's proposal was the chamber's first response to his appeal.

Berdymukhamedov, who chaired Thursday's session, gave no immediate reaction to the proposal but told parliament he wanted to restore its legislative powers, taken away under Niyazov.

The new constitution is expected to be drafted by September.


Reuters
Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mayıs 2008, 14:05
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