Turkmenistan leader says open to opposition party

Berdymukhamedov came to power after the death of Saparmurat Niyazov.

Turkmenistan leader says open to opposition party

Turkmenistan's leader said on Friday he was open to the creation of an opposition party as part of moves towards democracy in the republic.

President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, in power for three years, chairs the only political party in Turkmenistan.

"We could register a new political party this year within the framework of the constitution if someone comes up with the initiative to do so," Berdymukhamedov told a government meeting.

"Creating opposition parties would be an important event in the social and political life of the country," he added. "Our society will continue to develop in a democratic way."

Berdymukhamedov came to power after the death of Saparmurat Niyazov.

Central Asia's biggest gas producer, Turkmenistan is trying to break away from Russia's orbit and forge closer relations with Europe, a potentially huge gas consumer.

Berdymukhamedov has pursued an increasingly independent foreign and trade policy, building new pipelines to China and Iran and allowing Western companies to explore possibilities in its strategic sectors.


Reuters

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