In the 8th century AD, Turkic-speaking Oghuz tribes moved from Mongolia into present-day Central Asia.Part of a powerful confederation of tribes, these Oghuz formed the ethnic basis of the modern Turkmen population.
Berdimuhamedov has ruled Turkmenistan since 2006, after taking over from his predecessor Saparmurat Niyazov, who remained in power until his death.
The president recently asked parliament to extend the presidential term to seven years and remove the upper age limit of presidential candidates, in a move that many consider a bid to set himself up to govern indefinitely.
AGE: 21 DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/05/1981 PLACE OF BIRTH: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan GENDER: female ETHNICITY: N/A OCCUPATION: student EDUCATION: Subject was studying the piano at university at the time of this interview. She also uses very bright “a” sounds in words such as “Mom.” The ends of words, especially those ending in plosive consonants, are relaxed.
AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: Her family lived in Moscow for a year.
Turkmenistan remained closed to independent human rights monitors.
Freedoms of expression, association and religion were heavily restricted and limits on freedom of movement were retained.
The day is an official holiday in Turkmenistan, as it is in most former Soviet Republics.
is a country in Central Asia, bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the south and southwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west.
This International Women’s Day, instead of the traditional gifts of flowers or chocolates, the president of Turkmenistan is going to say it with cash.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is planning to give all women in his country 40 manat () to celebrate March 8, Russian news agency Rosbalt reports, just as he has done for the past three years.
Annexed by the Russian Empire in 1881, Turkmenistan later figured prominently in the anti-Bolshevik movement in Central Asia.