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Turkmenistan's President Dies

Source: IWPR (Ashgabad)
Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2006

President Saparmurat Niazov, died this morning of a heart attack. As news of Niazov's death broke, Turkmenistan announced a 7-day period of national mourning, and closed its borders.

The State Security Council and the cabinet held a joint meeting which appointed deputy prime minister Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov as acting president. The constitution says that elections should take place within two months.

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