President of Turkmenistan Reviews the Inaugural Military Parade

Upon completion of the inauguration ceremony at Ruhyyet Palace, the motorcade of the President of Turkmenistan, accompanied by the motorcycle escort which was replaced by the cavalry further along the route, proceeded to the Oguzhan Palace Complex. The cavalrymen carried the State Flag and the Presidential Standard of Turkmenistan.

Battalions of the Guard of Honor lined up at the main entrance, fully ready for the inaugural military parade in honor of the newly elected head of state's taking office.

The Presidential vehicle took a turn around Galkynysh square to the sound of the military orchestra's fanfares and a sevenfold hurrah shouted by the military.

The President of Turkmenistan, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the country, the army general Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received a report by the Commander of the Guard of Honor.

The National anthem of Turkmenistan was played, and the gun salute shot. Servicemen of the various branches of the military of the national Armed Forces took the National oath of Turkmenistan.

Then the inaugural military parade took place. Straight lines of Homeland defenders � officers and mechanized infantrymen; military pilots and sailors; special forces, civil defense and rescue forces; border guards; cadets of the Institute of Internal Affairs and the Institute of National Security � marched before the head of state in the parade step and demonstrated their refined skills.

After reviewing the parade, the national leader, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, proceeded to the Oguzhan Presidential Palace Complex to assume his duties as head of state.

Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper