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Turkmen president announces an end to unlimited free gas supply for citizens

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - Turkmenistan's president said Saturday his government will begin installing gas meters in households, ending the unlimited supply of free gas to citizens in the energy-rich Central Asian nation. President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov said during a televised address the government hoped the meters would encourage people to consume energy more efficiently, but neither he nor the country's state-owned gas company gave a timeframe or a reason behind the policy change. The government also didn't immediately reveal how much it will charge for gas.

Ruling party wins Turkmen polls, new party takes seats

Turkmenistan's ruling party secured the most number of seats in legislative elections while a new party set up to diversify politics in the ultra-controlled state won its first-ever mandates, official results said Thursday. Sunday's elections were marked by a total lack of any opposition to the dominance of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov over the gas-rich Central Asian state, despite being billed as the first multi-party polls in its history.

Ruling party wins Turkmen polls, new party takes seats

Turkmenistan's ruling party won the most number of seats in legislative elections while a new party set up to diversify politics in the ultra-controlled state won its first-ever mandates, official results said Thursday. Sunday's elections were marked by a total lack of any opposition to the dominance of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov over the gas-rich desert Central Asian state, despite being billed as the first multiparty polls in its history.

No whiff of dissent in Turkmenistan's first multi-party vote

By Marat Gurt ASHGABAT (Reuters) - The Central Asian state of Turkmenistan, described by rights groups as one of the world's most repressive, proclaimed its first multi-party elections on Sunday; but both parties vowed loyalty to its leader and opponents remained in exile.

Turkmenistan holds first 'multiparty' polls, opposition absent

The ex-Soviet Central Asian state of Turkmenistan on Sunday holds its first multiparty legislative elections though without any opposition to trouble the dominance of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. Berdymukhamedov has made stabs at political and economic reform in recent years but the gas-rich state remains one of the most isolated nations in the world. The central election commission confirmed in a statement to AFP that the polls for the Majlis parliament will be two-party in nature for the first time in its history.

Japan, Turkmenistan vow to expand energy development cooperation

Japan and Turkmenistan agreed Wednesday to increase their cooperation in developing energy resources in the central Asian country by using advanced technology of Japanese firms. The two nations "expressed their hope that the scope of cooperation would continue to be expanded in various fields, such as the participation of Japanese companies in resource development," Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said in a joint statement released after a summit in Tokyo.

Turkmenistan starts pumping natural gas from vast South Yolotan field

YOLOTAN, Turkmenistan - Turkmenistan began pumping natural gas Wednesday from a vast field near the Afghan border that will help it more than double exports to China in the coming years. Chinese President Xi Jinping joined Turkmenistan's president, Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, for the start of gas production at the South Yolotan field in the former Soviet republic in Central Asia Independent British auditor Gaffney, Cline

China asserts clout in Central Asia with huge Turkmen gas project

By Marat Gurt GALKYNYSH GAS FIELD, Turkmenistan (Reuters) - China's President Xi Jinping helped inaugurate the world's second-largest gas field in Turkmenistan on Wednesday, showing Beijing's growing clout in Central Asia as it seeks resources for the Chinese economy. The start of production from the Galkynysh field was also a major development for Turkmenistan, the world's fourth-largest holder of gas reserves, which seeks new export routes for the fuel to minimize its dependence on pipelines to Russia, which resells the gas.

China's Xi, Turkmen leader unveil massive gas field

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Turkmen host on Wednesday launched production from the world's second-largest gas field in Turkmenistan in the latest sign of Beijing's growing presence in Central Asia. "The implementation of this project is a bright testament to cooperation between the two countries in the energy sphere," said Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov at the vast Galkynysh (Renaissance) gas field that is being jointly developed with China. "This is the most powerful complex in the region with a capacity of 30 billion cubic meters of gas a year."

Turkmen president quits as party leader

Turkmenistan's president announced Saturday he was stepping down as leader of the ruling party while he remained in office to promote a multi-party system in the isolated former Soviet state. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov told a party congress that he was resigning as leader of the ruling Democratic Party, which he has led since 2006, because he wanted to remain above party politics, according to television footage broadcast Saturday evening. "I am suspending my membership of the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan while I am president," Berdymukhamedov said.
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