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Turkmenistan Domestic Developments

Berdymukhamedov Steps Down from Position of Democratic Party Chairman
Speaking at the VII Congress of the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan, President Berdymukhamedov announced his decision to withdraw from his position as the chairman of Turkmenistan’s Democratic Party, the Turkmen government reported. “As Turkmenistan enters a new stage of development, the President, as the guarantor of the Constitution, must refrain from membership in a political party”, said Berdymukhamedov. He added that he is the Supreme Commander of Turkmenistan’s Military Forces, and Turkmen law prohibits the heads of military bodies from being involved in political activities. The former first secretary of the party’s political council, Kasymguly Babaev, was elected the new chairman of the party.
Sources: trend.az, Turkmenistan.ru, gundogar.org
   

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