President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a video conference meeting of the Constitutional Commission on the development and generalization of proposals on amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan on Wednesday, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH) reports.
In his opening remarks, the Head of State noted that the constitutional reform is aimed at modernizing the legislative branches, the Halk Maslahaty (People's Council) and the Mejlis (parliament), and the formation of a bicameral structure of the legislative body.
To solve these tasks, in accordance with the Decree of the President, signed in September last year, a Constitutional Commission was created to develop and generalize proposals regarding amendments and additions to the Basic Law of the country. Taking into account proposals from citizens, political parties, public associations and local authorities, a draft of the corresponding Constitutional Law was prepared and published in the media.
At the meeting of the commission, the officials reported on the work done on the preparation of the draft Constitutional Law. This work was carried out taking into account the proposals received from the deputies of the Mejlis, relevant ministries, branch and scientific departments, educational institutions, political parties, and public associations and citizens.
According to the bill, approved and supported by the people of Turkmenistan, it was decided to remove one article from the Basic Law, add 3 articles and make appropriate amendments and additions to 27 articles. The proposal to name the new bicameral parliament the National Council of Turkmenistan, and its chambers the Halk Maslahaty and the Mejlis, also received the public support.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked everyone who took an active part in the big work on the preparation of the draft Constitutional Law on amendments and additions to the Constitution, adding that, in general, this work can be considered completed.
Now throughout the country, it is necessary to hold discussions of the draft Constitutional Law with the delegates of the upcoming meeting of the Halk Maslahaty in order to submit it for consideration to national forum, the Head of State said. With the approval of the Halk Maslakhaty, the project will be sent for consideration to the Mejlis.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also signed a Decree of the Constitutional Commission on the approval of the draft Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan "On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" and on its submission to the Halk Maslahaty.