President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was elected as Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty (People’s Council) chamber of Milli Geňeş (National Council), a new bicameral parliament of Turkmenistan.
The opening ceremony of the building of the Halk Maslahaty chamber took place in Ashgabat on Wednesday. The first meeting of the Halk Maslahaty of the first convocation, with the participation of the Head of State, was also held the same day, the country’s official media reports.
During the meeting, on behalf of the Halk Maslahaty members, a proposal was voiced to elect President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the post of Chairman of the chamber.
According to the results of a secret ballot of 56 members of the Halk Maslahaty, the Turkmen President was unanimously elected to the post of Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty chamber of Milli Geňeş.
After thanking the Halk Maslahaty members for their support, The Turkmen Leader noted that he perceives this fact as a sign of great respect and high responsibility before all the people. The Head of State also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to exercise the special right of the Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty chamber of Turkmenistan’s Milli Geňeş during the organizational period of the formation of a bicameral parliament.
The decision to switch to a bicameral parliamentary system in Turkmenistan was made in September 2020. Elections to the new constitutional body – Halk Maslahaty – were held on March 28.