WHAT HAS CHANGED FROM THIS MONTH?
ARKHAMNAMABAD - Traditionally at the beginning of the month some changes takes effect. Laws are changed and decisions are deleted while new rules come into force. Nothing new. But the further democratisation of Turkmenbaijan shows several particularities. We're putting the most important ones in a row:
The law on vagrancy
With the law from 27 november 2003, it was possible to put in jail a vagabond. Vagabonds, beggars and procurers were imprisoned in special prisons like Basjrabad, Kürulküs or Sara. There, they had to work for their living by working on the land or in the jail factory. If they had earned enough money, they could leave the “colony” (as it was called). Of today the law is ceased. Still 260 vagabonds lives in Kürulküs colony. They will receive a personal follow-up process by the social services.
Loss of nationality is impossible
By a change of article 4 of the Turkmenbaijani nationality law which stated that "no Turkmenbaijani shall be deprived of citizenship, unless he commits an act incompatible with loyalty to the motherland" makes it impossible to deprive somebodies his or her Turkmenbaijani nationality. This article is ceased from the law. Are you committing an act incompatible with loyalty to the motherland than you will be tried for the ground crime... without losing your nationality.
Direct elections for the presidency
Untill now you voted for the National Congress. This will not change. But from now of you will be able to vote as well for the presidency. The Turkmenbaijani law made it impossible to have direct elections for this office. The representatives in the National Congress voted for you. At the next elections it may be that the president isn't head of government anymore. A prime minister will be apointed.
Non-permanent border controlls felt away
The non-permanent border controlls felt away since 1 april. This was a next step, after the abolition of the permanent border controlls, in the open-border policies of the Turkmenbaijani government.