Turkmenistan Considers Constitutional Amendment to Extend Presidential Rule

29 May 2015
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (photo credit: RFERL)
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (photo credit: RFERL)
<div></div><div><p>Lawmakers in Turkmenistan are considering constitutional changes that would remove the 70-year age limit at which a president can serve.</p><p>State media on May 29 cited Akdzha Nurberdyeva, speaker of the Turkmen parliament, as saying that a constitutional commission may also seek to extend the presidential term from five to seven years.</p><p>Such changes would open the door for authoritarian President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, 57, to be president for life.</p><p>Berdymukhammedov, who seized power in 2006 after the death of President Saparmurat Niyazov, was reelected in 2012 with some 97 percent of the vote in an election deemed neither free nor fair by international observers.</p>
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