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Yearbook 2018

Turkmenistan. At the March parliamentary elections, the presidential party and its support groups received 103 out of 125 seats. The Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Party (TSTP) was given eleven seats, as was the Turkmenistan Farmers' Party (TAP) which was also given eleven seats. Only three (and faithful) parties were allowed to stand in the election. Since all decisions are made by the president and the government, the distribution of seats is irrelevant. Shortly after the election, President Gurbanguli Berdimuchammedov appointed his 36-year-old son Serdar as Deputy Foreign Minister. With 91.4% of the electorate voting at the last parliamentary election, where he took office in 2016, his son Serdar is seen as a clear possible successor to his father Gurbanguli.

2018 Turkmenistan

According to, the Reporters Without Borders organization placed Turkmenistan in 178th place among 180 countries in the organization's latest press freedom index. It also fits well with President Berdimuchammedov's new law, which calls on the TV channels to show a more positive image of Turkmenistan. The law also prohibits the country's TV channels from showing material with "sexually erotic" content or something that encourages "bad habits".

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