Parliament to expand powers

On October 4, the first meeting of the Constitutional Commission was held, which began to work out amendments to the basic law of the country, the state news agency TDH reports .

During the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that changes to the Constitution are necessary because of the "rapidly changing political and economic situation in the world."

The head of state added that the changes should expand the powers of parliament .

The President ordered officials and representatives of public organizations to organize large-scale explanatory work for the population about the upcoming amendments to the Constitution. However, at the moment, a clear explanation of why it was necessary to create a bicameral parliament has not been heard.

Some experts contacted by the Chronicle of Turkmenistan suggest that Berdymukhamedov could subsequently take over the leadership of the upper house of parliament with expanded powers, and his son Serdar would take the presidency.

Recall that President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov unexpectedly proposed uniting the Halk Maslakhaty (People's Council) and the current Mejlis (parliament) into a single bicameral representative body during the Council meeting on September 25.

It is planned to complete work on proposals to amend the Constitution and present it to the public during the next meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty in 2020.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan