On October 13, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov chaired a meeting of the Khalk Maslakhaty, the upper chamber of parliament, in which he himself presides.
According to the state information agency TDH , Berdymukhamedov told the audience about the results of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of independence, which was celebrated in Turkmenistan on September 27, stating that “The festive events were held in an atmosphere of high spiritual uplift ”.
During the meeting, the head of state held a vote on the election of a new chairman of the Khalk Maslakhaty Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms. It was a member of the chamber, Gulmanova Dunyagozel , who previously held the post of deputy of the Committee. Seydi Jumaev was elected as a new deputy .
The former head of the Committee, Merettagan Taganov , was appointed Minister of Justice (Justice) on October 4 to replace Begmurat Mukhamedov, who was transferred to the Foreign Ministry .
Further, the head of state recalled that at the Khalk Maslakhaty in September last year, amendments to the Constitution were adopted and a bicameral parliament, Milli Gengesh, was formed.
“The current policy in the field of the legislative and executive branches of power obliges to ensure the formation of a developed market economy, a humane and just society in a democratic, legal and secular state,” Berdymukhamedov said, and his deputy for Khalk Maslakhaty Kasymguly Babayev added that “thanks to the president, all the necessary conditions for the establishment of full-fledged parliamentary activity in accordance with the requirements of the time. "
Note that in accordance with article 73 of the new edition of the Constitution of Turkmenistan adopted in September 2020 , the president cannot be a member or deputy of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan.
Milli Gengesh (National Council) is the general name of the parliament, which consists of two chambers - the Khalk Maslakhaty and the Mejlis.
That is, the current head of state can be neither a deputy of the Mejlis, nor a member of the Khalk Maslakhaty. Article 78 guarantees all former presidents a seat in the new chamber, but Berdymukhamedov has not yet given up his post.
Also, Article 87 directly prohibits members of the Khalk Maslakhaty and deputies of the Mejlis from simultaneously holding the office of a member of the Cabinet of Ministers, and the head of state is its chairman.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan