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.
Countryaah.com, 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".
Turkmenistan - Ashgabat
Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan; 1 million residents (2012). Ashgabat is
located at the foot of Kopet-Dag in an area irrigated by the oasis of Achal Teke
and the Karakum Canal, which is associated with the city in 1962. Ashgabat has a
workshop, textile, glass and food industry. The city, which has universities and
several colleges, is the seat of the country's Academy of Science and has its
only desert research institute. Furthermore, the film industry is significant in
The resort, founded in 1881 as a Russian fort, was destroyed by an earthquake