Turkmen President’s son promoted to key government post | World news

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) – The autocratic President of Turkmenistan has promoted his only son to a key government post, a development seen as laying the foundation for a political dynasty in the energy-rich Central Asian country.

The appointment of President Gurbangouly Berdymukhamedov’s son Serdar as deputy prime minister responsible for economic and financial matters was announced in the government daily Neutral Turkmenistan on Saturday.

Berdymukhamedov, 64, presides over the government and does not have a prime minister, which means his son would answer him directly.

Earlier this year, the president appointed his 39-year-old son deputy prime minister in charge of innovative technologies, a post now abolished by the new presidential decree.

The president’s son, who had previously served as regional governor, cabinet minister and other leadership positions, is widely seen as being prepared to succeed his father, who has established a pervasive cult of personality since he took office. became the leader of Turkmenistan in 2006.

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Turkmenistan’s economy largely depends on exports from its vast natural gas reserves.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, the President of Turkmenistan expressed his displeasure at the decline in hard currency earnings resulting from falling energy prices. He asked his son to step up his efforts to obtain international loans for investment projects and to work more actively to privatize some of the state’s assets, boost exports and encourage domestic production to reduce imports. .

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