On 5 July Chairperson of Turkmenistan's Mejlis Gulshat Mammedova briefed President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedovon preparations ahead of the Khalk Maslakhaty session (the People's Council).
The head of the state emphasized that the first session of the Khalk Maslakhaty will be held in the run-up to Turkmenistan's Independence Day, which is celebrated on 27 September starting from this year. The main meeting is scheduled to be held on 24 September whereas on 25 September the ceremony to honour Turkmen residents to be awarded with state orders for their work-related accomplishments will be held, � the state information agency TDH reported.
It was announced on 23 June 2018 that the Mejlis (Parliament) designs drafts of documents, reviews and summarizes proposalssubmitted by residents for the agenda of the nation-wide forum.
The decision to reinstate the Elders' Council back to the Khalk Maslakhaty (the People's Council under President Saparmurat Niyazov) was made at the latest Council session which was held on 10 October 2017.
After President Berdymukhammedov's rise to power in 2008 he converted it into the Elders Council by turning it into an advisory body without any authority.
On 10 October 2017, in the course of the session of Turkmenistan's Elders Council it was decided to reschedule the celebration of Independence Day from 27 October to 27 September � the closing day of the Asian Games.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan