Turkmenistan drafts constitutional changes

By bne IntelliNews February 5, 2016

Turkmen authorities have drafted changes to the country’s constitution, including 28 new laws and amendments to 80 existing laws, news website Turkmenistan.ru reported on February 3, citing Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov as saying in a government meeting.

The decision to alter the constitution comes after recent constitutional changes made in neighboruing Tajikistan, which were to the detriment of democracy. They saw the Tajik President Emomali Rahmon granted lifelong immunity from prosecution, as well as an opportunity for lifelong presidency and the ensuring of a presidential dynasty.

The new Turkmen laws and amendments focus on “rights and freedoms of citizens”, “government systems” and “economic policies”, among other themes, according to the report.

The amendments will be offered for “public discussion” in the country’s newspapers, the report said.

Related Articles

Evolution Equity Partners closes $125mn cybersecurity-focused fund

Evolution Equity Partners announced on 17 July the final closing of a new fund with total capital commitments of $125mn to make investments in cybersecurity and next generation enterprise software ... more

EBRD says 2016 net profit was around €1bn

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said it made a net profit of around €1bn in 2016, up by a quarter from the €802mn it made in ... more

Incumbent Berdimuhamedov wins expected Turkmenistan presidential landslide

Incumbent Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has won the Turkmenistan presidential election held on February 12 with 97.69% of the vote, RIA Novosti reported on February ... more

Dismiss