Multi-party system allowed in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Ashkhabad, Jan 13 /Trend H.Hasanov/
The law On political parties, allowing the people to form parties on a voluntary basis and according to their views come into force in Turkmenistan after notification in the press on Friday..
A political party can be created by the decision of the constituent congress. Those wishing to join a political party must establish a steering committee composed of at least nine people to convene a constituent group.
The number of political party members must be at least 1000 and governing bodies and structural subdivisions should only be in Turkmenistan. The Department of Justice registers or can refuse to register a political party. A permanent citizen of the country aged at least 18 may be a member of a political party.
There was only one political party, the Democratic one in the country until now. The Democratic Party was established after the proclamation of independence on Dec 16, 1991.