Turkmen State Border Service Reshuffled
President Berdymukhamedov signed a decree relieving Colonel Batyra Kakageldiev from his post as the Rector of the Turkmenistan Border Guards Institute and replaced him with Dovletmurat Annamuradov. The President also fired Lieutenant Colonel Tuvakmyrada Shiriyev from his post as the Deputy Chief of the State Border Service of Turkmenistan for "serious shortcomings in his work."
The Turkmen President Called for Openness and Transparency During Parliamentary Elections
At the latest meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, President Berdymukhamedov stressed the need for openness and transparency during the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for December 15, the Turkmen government reported. Ministers of Parliament serve for a term of five years and most Ministers currently servings were elected in December 2008. The elections will be held on a two-party basis in accordance with the law “on Political Parties,” adopted in 2012. The Turkmen Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs was created in Ashgabat in August 2012 with the participation of 300 delegates representing business organizations from all regions of the country.
Online Journalism the Focus of OSCE-Organized Training Course for Journalism Students in Turkmenistan
Twenty-five journalism students from the Magtymugly Turkmen State University completed an OSCE-organized course on online journalism on November 8. During the three-day course, a trainer from Ukraine instructed participants on ethics and professional standards online, and taught them practical online skills. A similar course for 30 journalism students, held by the OSCE Centre at the Institute of International Relations of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan, concluded on November 9.