Deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan discussed the draft Constitutional Law "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" during the 11th meeting of the Mejlis of the sixth convocation held in frames of the Halk Maslahaty meeting.
The participants paid special attention to the establishment of the National Council of Turkmenistan and the forthcoming transition of the country's legislative body to a bicameral system. In this regard, the issues related to the introduction of relevant amendments and additions to the current laws of Turkmenistan were also raised.
The draft Constitutional Law "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" submitted to the next meeting of the Mejlis of the fifth convocation was unanimously approved and adopted.
Chairperson of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan G. Mammedova announced the decision on the draft Constitutional Law.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the Constitutional Law "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan".
“The adoption of the Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan on the eve of the 29th anniversary of independence, symbolizing the unity of society and the state, is a grandiose historical event that will be inscribed in the chronicle of our people”, underlined the President of Turkmenistan.
The Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" comes into force on January 1, 2021.
In this regard, the work of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan is terminated. The President of Turkmenistan signed the Resolution "On revocation of the 1st order of the Chairperson of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan dated September 25, 2018".
“Adopting the Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan", we have created a bicameral structure of the country's legislative body”, said the President of Turkmenistan.
According to the Constitutional Law, the first elections of the members to the chamber of the Halk Maslahaty National Council of Turkmenistan are appointed by the President of Turkmenistan.
In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan signed the Decree of the Halk Maslahaty on the appointment of the first election of members to the chamber of the Halk Maslahaty National Council of Turkmenistan, as well as the organizational work to establish the activities of this structure.
Moreover, the Turkmen leader signed the Decree "On strengthening the social security of healthcare workers".
President of Turkmenistan: adoption of the Constitutional Law is an important step towards democratization of the countryFriday, 25 September 2020 17:21
Speaking at the Halk Maslahaty meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the parliament is a special branch of state power, an integral instrument for establishing people's democracy in the political, economic and social life of the country. Formation of a qualitatively new bicameral structure of the National Parliament will create favorable conditions for strengthening the legal basis for the development of our independent country and increasing the effectiveness of work of state authorities.
Numerous proposals and comments were received on the draft of the Constitutional
Law. The final draft of the Constitutional Law "On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" was submitted to Halk Maslahaty for consideration.
“In the draft Constitutional Law, proposed for your consideration, the Halk Maslahaty joins the system of the highest state bodies carrying out the tasks of the legislative power. Therefore, it is proposed to remove Article 6 with index 1 from the Basic Law and, in accordance with the creation of a bicameral structure of the legislative representative body of state power, to rename the National Parliament into the National Council of Turkmenistan, and its chambers - the Halk Maslahaty and the Mejlis”, said the President of Turkmenistan.
According to the Turkmen leader, if the draft Constitutional Law is approved and enters into force on January 1, 2021, it would be necessary to hold elections of the members of the National Council of Turkmenistan in the first quarter of 2021.
“We believe that the adoption of the Constitutional Law will be another important step towards the democratization of our country. I am firmly convinced that the National Council of Turkmenistan will turn into a nationwide representative body that unites our people and guides them to high goals!” - emphasized the President of Turkmenistan.
President of Turkmenistan: despite the global crisis, the Turkmen economy maintains sustainable developmentFriday, 25 September 2020 17:19
Speaking at a meeting of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the spread of coronavirus infection had a negative impact on the economies of all states. Nevertheless, despite the difficult financial and economic conditions in the world, Turkmenistan has achieved sustainable development of its economy, and kept significant amounts of financial resources in reserve.
“In the current difficult conditions, we should take all measures to implement the five-year programme of development of the country, which was adopted at 2019 Halk Maslahaty meeting”.
“More than 70 % of the state budget funds are invested into the social sphere. Huge financial resources are used to improve the social and living conditions of the population in villages, settlements, cities in etraps and etrap centers.
“Along with this, it is necessary to increase the volume of credit funds allocated for the development of industrial sectors of the economy, encourage small business, increase the volume of credit and financial resources, allocated to the population.
“Moreover, the most of the state budget funds will be invested to education, healthcare, and the Pension Fund”, emphasized the President of Turkmenistan.
“From the first days of the spread of COVID-19, our country has organized the work to ensure provision of basic medical supplies free of charge. All necessary measures are taken to improve the immune status of people. The government adopted the plan to ensure preparedness for counteraction and response to this acute infectious disease. The Plan of operational socio-economic measures to counter the pandemic was also approved”, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov speaking during Halk Maslahaty meeting.
According to the President of Turkmenistan, one of the important directions now is to encourage medical workers and efficiently use their potential in the fight against this infection. The President of Turkmenistan said that he would sign a decree, authorizing the provision of additional benefits to health care specialists.
“I also consider it necessary to prepare a new edition of the state programme "Health". Therefore, I expect specific proposals in this direction from relevant officials”, the President said.
Speaking at the meeting of the Halk Maslahaty, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the favorable geographic location of our country opened up wide opportunities for creating a competitive transport macrostructure. Currently, sea, road, rail, air and pipeline international logistics projects are implemented. The agreements reached on the transport corridors Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman and Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey will contribute to enhancing cooperation within the regions and the continent.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed belief that the existing Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline, as well as the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline under construction would serve as an integral link in pipeline logistics.
“The modern highways, including the Ashgabat-Karakum-Dashoguz, Turkmenbashi-Ashgabat-Farab roads, are very important in the development of road transport logistics. These roads will contribute to the effective use of the enormous economic potential of our country and other states of the region”, the Turkmen leader emphasized.
A meeting of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan started in Ashgabat. The videoconference meeting is chaired by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The agenda of the national forum includes priority issues of state life, the main of which is the Constitutional Law “On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan”.
Members of the Government, Chairperson and deputies of the Mejlis, heads of ministries and sectoral departments, political parties and public associations, hyakims of velayats, etraps and cities, as well as members of Halk Maslahaty, numerous specialists of enterprises and institutions, the honorary elders, respected mothers and other the youth take part in the meeting.
The delegates from the Balkan, Dashoguz, Lebap and Mary velayats gathered in the Ruhyet Palaces in velayats, the Ahal velayat delegates - in the “Ak öý” building, and representatives of the city of Ashgabat - in the Mekan Palace in Ashgabat.
President of Turkmenistan, Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov opened the videoconference meeting of the national forum and congratulated the participants of the meeting and, in their person, the people of the country on this important event, as well as on the 29th anniversary of the independence of the Motherland.
The President of Turkmenistan emphasized that a new stage of constitutional reforms in the country was launched and the initiative to improve the Main Law of the country was put forward at the 2019 session of Halk Maslahaty.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that the main goal of these transformations was to improve the work of the highest representative bodies - the Halk Maslahaty and the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, as well as establishment of a bicameral structure of the legislative body, bringing the activities of democratic institutions up to a new level.
Approving the agenda of the Halk Maslahaty meeting, the Turkmen summed up the results of the independent development of the country.
During his speech at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, the President of Turkmenistan stressed the importance of restoring trust in international politicsWednesday, 23 September 2020 12:05
On September 22, 2020, the high-level week of the 75th anniversary session of the United Nations General Assembly began. On the same day, a transmission of the speech of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took place.
Noting that the current session of the UN General Assembly is being held in a difficult period, the Head of Turkmenistan called for an objective look at the general international situation, shattered by the neglect of international law, military and political rivalry, which, unfortunately, is observed in the world today.
To resolve this situation, the Head of State noted “that it is necessary to consolidate efforts aimed at strengthening the role of international law, multilateral legal instruments of the existing system of global security, strict observance by all countries of generally recognized norms arising from the UN Charter. This is the only way to maintain stability and predictability in world politics, to reduce the risks of conflicts. "
The President of Turkmenistan emphasized that in order to achieve these goals, it is necessary to restore trust in international politics, to establish a culture of respectful dialogue.
In this regard, the important role of the policy of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan was underlined. As a matter of fact, its keystones contain the principles of humanism and peaceful approach to the resolution of global challenges and response to the threats of modern times. As is known, this year Turkmenistan honors the 25th anniversary since obtaining the given status. The model of positive neutrality developed by Turkmenistan calls not for impartiality, but unity by means of political-diplomatic tools. This concept is vividly presented in the project of the resolution initiated by Turkmenistan entitled “the Role and Significance of the Neutrality Policy in Sustaining and Strengthening International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development,” the presentation of which was held in January of current year in the UN headquarters. The draft of the resolution is under consideration.
Then, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov added that “the UN General Assembly, at the initiative of Turkmenistan, adopted a resolution declaring 2021 the Year of International Peace and Confidence. In the light of the implementation of the provisions of this document, Turkmenistan sets forth the initiative to hold an International Forum of Peace and Trust next year. The leader of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that this Forum will give an important impetus to the promotion of peace, stability and will contribute to the strengthening of international cooperation.
In this context, the important role of preventive diplomacy was noted, which is consonant with the UN principles. Noting that the policy of Neutrality is aimed at ensuring regional peace, security and development, the President of Turkmenistan stressed that within the framework of the upcoming session, the Turkmen side intends to propose to the General Assembly to consider the draft resolution “The Role of the Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.”
The Head of State noted that the achievement of peace, security and progress in the Central Asian region depends on the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan. “The position of Turkmenistan here is principled and unchanged: there is no alternative to the negotiation process,” the President noted. In this regard, it was noted that Turkmenistan is ready to assist in the advancement of this process, in particular, by creating the necessary political and organizational conditions on its territory.
Along with political stabilization, the economic and social reconstruction of Afghanistan is also important. In this regard, Turkmenistan stands for the implementation of large infrastructure projects with Afghan participation, primarily in such important areas as energy, transport and communications. Turkmenistan has already initiated a number of projects in this direction, in particular the construction of a gas pipeline along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India route, railway branches, and fiber-optic communication lines reaching the territory of Afghanistan.
The President of Turkmenistan stressed that Turkmenistan firmly believes in the future of the UN, will continue to strengthen and build up strategic partnership with this Organization for the benefit of all mankind.
The President of Turkmenistan called for the creation of platforms to bring the global economy onto a sustainable growth pathWednesday, 23 September 2020 12:03
On September 22, 2020, the high-level week of the 75th anniversary session of the United Nations General Assembly began at the UN headquarters in New York. On this day, the broadcast of the speeches of the heads of states and governments began. One of the first was the translation of the speech of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
In his address, the head of Turkmenistan voiced the state of the global economy, which was going through a difficult period this year. It was emphasized that, being a staunch adherent of the Sustainable Development Goals, Turkmenistan is actively using all the necessary potential in this direction. Unfortunately, the pandemic has seriously undermined the colossal progress towards the SDGs.
The Head of State stressed that Turkmenistan intends to intensify work on the creation of UN international legal instruments in the field of stability and reliability of energy transit. As is known, the proposals of Turkmenistan in this area have more than once been confirmed by the relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly.
The leader of Turkmenistan also noted the importance of developing cooperation in the field of transport, adding that Turkmenistan proposes to consider the issue of ensuring stable international transport in times of emergency. It was also expressed the intention of Turkmenistan to host the International Conference of Ministers of Landlocked Developing Countries, which will make it possible to intensify interaction in this direction.
The President of Turkmenistan called for the comprehensive strengthening of international cooperation in the field of health during a speech at the 75th session of the UN General AssemblyWednesday, 23 September 2020 12:00
On September 22, 2020, the high-level week of the 75th anniversary session of the United Nations General Assembly began, during which video speeches of the heads of states and governments will be broadcasted. On the same day, one of the first, the broadcast of the speech of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took place.
In his speech, the Head of State outlined in detail the position of Turkmenistan on key aspects of the international agenda, put forward a number of significant initiatives of a political, socio-economic and humanitarian nature.
At the beginning of his speech, the President of Turkmenistan expressed words of deep empathy in connection with the loss of numerous inhabitants of the planet who did not survive the blow of the coronavirus pandemic.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov dwelled on the measures taken in Turkmenistan, which were carried out in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization and in close cooperation with the relevant UN departments to counter this threat.
The Head of State noted that for a speedy victory over the pandemic, close professional coordination and unification of efforts of scientific and medical communities around the world are necessary. Having voiced the importance of multilateral cooperation on the problem of dangerous viral diseases, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the importance of fully launching channels of scientific diplomacy. He added that under the auspices of WHO, it is advisable to establish a Special Program of the World Health Organization to study the genome of coronavirus, develop a multilateral mechanism to combat pneumonia, and create a Methodological Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Acute Diseases.