President of Turkmenistan further strengthens his son’s clout

Turkmenistan’s autocratic president has put his only son in charge of the central Asian nation’s energy sector

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — Turkmenistan’s autocratic president has put his only son in charge of the Central Asian nation’s energy sector, further expanding his influence in a move seen as laying the foundation for a political dynasty.

State daily Neutral Turkmenistan reported on Thursday that, speaking at a meeting with officials, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhmedov also asked his son, Sardar, whom he previously appointed deputy prime minister in charge of economic and financial issues, to oversee the energy complex. asked for.

Berdymukhmedov, 64, presides over the government and has no prime minister, meaning his 40-year-old son answers directly to him.

The president’s son, who previously held a territorial governor, a cabinet minister and other senior positions, is widely seen as the successor to his father, who has been a figure of personality since becoming leader of Turkmenistan in 2006. Has established a wide cult.

Turkmenistan’s economy is highly dependent on the export of its vast natural gas reserves.

China is the main export market for Turkmen gas, and the country ships small quantities to Russia. The Central Asian nation is also working to build a pipeline that will pump gas to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Berdymukhmedov instructed his son to intensify efforts to sign more gas export contracts.


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