Turkmen Leader Gets Seat In New Upper House In Succession Hint
Sumaira FH 12 days ago Tue 30th March 2021 | 11:30 AM
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Mar, 2021 ) :Turkmenistan's autocratic president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov received a seat in the secretive country's new upper house, state media reported Tuesday, in the latest move hinting at a succession strategy.
The president was elected to a seat along with 47 other candidates, said the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper.
The candidates were elected by local councils and the newspaper did not say which council had elected 63-year-old Berdymukhamedov. An official cited in a separate publication said the head of state had received 100 percent of the vote.
The president must now pick a further eight members for the upper house and select a member to chair the house in order to complete its formation.
Speculation over an early succession in the isolated country comes as it weathers an economic storm resulting from the long-term downturn in prices for its natural gas exports and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Serdar Berdymukhamedov in February gained three new positions, becoming a deputy premier, a member of the powerful security council and the auditor general.
The younger Berdymukhamedov has in the past filled a senior diplomatic post and worked as a lawmaker.