Second president for life in Turkmenistan
As reported by “Kommersant”, the special commission on developing a project of a new constitution has finished its work in Turkmenistan.
Among the suggestions were to increase the president’s term for two years and to cancel the upper age limit. This way, the current leader of the country Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow will be able to become a president-for-life.
Once the project is publicized, it will be passed on to the Turkmenistan Mejlis (Assembly) for its consideration. The Assembly will adopt a new constitution of the country.
It is worth noting that according to the current Turkmenistan legislation, the president’s term is five years and the upper age limit for the head of the country is 70 years old.
If the Turkmenian leader decides to perform his duties all his life long, there might become a good tradition for other presidents in the republic. Berdimuhamedow’s predecessor Saparmurat Niyazov known as Turkmenbashy served as the leader of the country until his death. Niyazov also made alterations in the constitution which formally made him a president-for-life.
The tendency to lead countries all life long has become popular on the territory of the former Soviet Union republics. The constitution on Tajikistan, for example, was amended last month. These amendments allow the head of the country Emomali Rahmon to maintain his position during his life.
There will be a referendum on these amendments in May this year. If the population of the country support this initiative, Rahmon will have an opportunity to become a life-long leader of the country.