The Council of Elders of Turkmenistan will be convened in Dashoguz on May 14. The Council will discuss public life priorities. However, what kinds of issues, concerning public life, are not specified by the local media. During the Council in Turkmenabat, in March of last year, the agenda was agricultural reforms in the country.
This year, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a relevant decree at a cabinet meeting on March 12th “with a view of using in full rich life experiences of elders in addressing pressing social issues and making important decisions for the good of the country and people.”
The head of state instructed the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations to prepare gifts for the participants. The Ministries of Road and Rail transport and the State National Service Turkmenhowayollary were instructed to ensure the transportation services for members of the Council of Elders to Dashoguz and back.
Council of Elders in the country was conducted in early 1990, by the first President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov. This advisory body has never played an independent role in decision-making. As a rule, the Council of Elders were asked to approve the measures taken by the Government in various public issues. During the reign of Turkmenbashi, the Council of Elders became a part of the People’s Council – the supreme representative body of the Turkmen authorities vested with broad powers. In 2008, as a result of constitutional reform carried out by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the People’s Council was abolished. It was also decided to resume the tradition of annual meetings of the Board of Elders of Turkmenistan, as an advisory body of people. Councils of Elders are held once a year alternately in each of the five regions and the city of Ashgabat.
Source: Internet Newspaper Turkmenistan.ru http://turkmenistan.ru/?page_id=3&lang_id=en&elem_id=16525&type=event&sort=date_desc