The meeting of the People’s Council (Halk Maslahaty) held in the format of a video conference is a significant event for the modern history of the country. Therefore, the date of September 25, 2020 will be remembered by people of independent, neutral Turkmenistan as an important step in the state’s transition to a new legislative and representative system.
The constitutional reform, submitted to the People’s Council by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, has received the approval and unanimous support of the people. During the meeting, there was the historic signing of the Constitutional Law “On amendments and additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan”, which provides for the transition to a two chamber system of Parliament.
Henceforth, the bicameral Parliament – the National Council of Turkmenistan, will consist of 181 deputies.
House of Representatives of the People’s Council (Halk Maslahaty) consisting of 56 People’s deputies will be represented by envoys from each region of the country. Deputies of the Halk Maslahaty will take seats in the Upper House of Parliament, reviewing and approving laws adopted by the Mejlis. The Upper House will also be responsible for resolving issues related to holding national referendums.
The Mejlis, consisting of 125 deputies, will become the Lower House of Parliament, which is authorized to consider draft laws, monitor their implementation, review and approve the Activity Program of the Cabinet of Ministers, the State Budget, as well as programs for political, economic, social and cultural development of the country.