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ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan | Turkmenistan ends free utilities after a quarter century

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — Turkmenistan’s president has ordered a complete end to free natural gas, electricity and water, which residents of the Central Asian nation have enjoyed for a quarter century. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said Wednesday the move taking effect next year would help Turkmenistan more rationally use natural resources and develop a free market economy. In … Continue reading ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan | Turkmenistan ends free utilities after a quarter century

Authoritarian Turkmen leader’s son rises in Foreign Ministry

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan /March 31, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)The son of Turkmenistan’s president has been appointed a deputy foreign minister, deepening speculation that the president aims to form a dynastic system of power in the Central Asian nation. The appointment of Serdar Berdymukhamedov was reported Saturday in the country’s official newspaper. The announcement came a week after a … Continue reading Authoritarian Turkmen leader’s son rises in Foreign Ministry