Turkmenistan orders prisoners released for independence holiday

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Turkmenistan's president signed a decree Friday freeing more than 1,000 people from the nation's prisons in celebration of the country's independence.

First phase of Turkmenistan's Galkynysh gas field inaugurated

MARY, Turkmenistan, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Turkmenistan host inaugurated the first phase of production facilities at the giant Galkynysh gas field.

China and Turkmenistan pledge energy cooperation

ASHKHABAD, Turkmenistan, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- China and Turkmenistan have agreed to promote bilateral energy cooperation.

Jennifer Lopez sings 'Happy Birthday' to Turkmenistan president

TURKMENBASHI, Turkmenistan, June 30 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez sang "Happy Birthday, Mister President" to Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov at his birthday celebration, RIA Novosti reported.

Turkmenistan to boost gas supply to China

BEIJING, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Turkmenistan will substantially increase its annual natural gas deliveries to energy-hungry China under an agreement signed in Beijing.

OSCE, Turkmens discuss press freedom

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The press freedom chief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says she's encouraged after holding talks with Turkmenistan leaders.

Gazprom looking east

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, July 2 (UPI) -- A meeting between top Gazprom officials and the leaders of Turkmenistan points to the strong Russian interest in shifting its energy holdings eastward.

Turkmenistan officials discuss security

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, June 5 (UPI) -- Top Turkmenistan officials have promised to intensify security efforts in the country and work with the region to promote stability.

Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

Dana Gas completes common user gas pipeline; Turkey, EU sign agreement on Trans-Caspian gas pipeline; Hungary sidesteps Nabucco criticism; India, Pakistan warm to Chinese role in Peace Pipeline

EU signs energy deal with Turkmenistan

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, May 28 (UPI) -- The European Union and Turkmenistan signed an agreement to ensure energy cooperation in a move away from Russian energy dependence, officials said.

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan improve relations

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- For the last 17 months Russia and China have been engaged in a three-way tussle with Western energy companies to develop Turkmenistan's vast natural gas resources.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Turkmenistan makes energy sector priority

BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 21 (UPI) -- Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan will make the fuel and energy sector a primary focus of bilateral relations, the president of Turkmenistan said Tuesday.

UPI Energy Watch

OPEC still insists its supply is not the cause of record oil prices; Ever-increasing profits from rising oil prices could help reopen oil fields in Canada; Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have agreed to energy cooperation

Analysis: TAP pipeline reality or romance?

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- TAP's promises of riches trump geography and politics as it would pass through some of the world's most forbidding places en route to India.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent
Analysis: Turkmenistan opens up

Analysis: Turkmenistan opens up

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- Of all the post-Soviet Caspian nations, Western investors since 1991 looked most longingly at Turkmenistan, which was essentially unavailable during the reign of Saparmurat Niyazov.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent
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Gurbanguly Mälikgulyýewiç Berdimuhamedow (Russian transliteration: Курбанкули (or Гурбангулы) Мяликгулыевич Бердымухаммедов, born June 29, 1957) has been the President of Turkmenistan since December 21, 2006, when he became acting president following the death of Saparmurat Niyazov, and the imprisonment of his constitutionally appointed successor, Öwezgeldi Ataýew. Berdimuhamedow and the Halk Maslahaty announced on December 26 that the next presidential elections would be held on February 11, 2007. On February 14, 2007, Berdimuhamedow was named the winner of the presidential election held three days earlier, and immediately sworn into office.

Berdimuhamedow was born on June 29, 1957 in Babarab in what is now the Geok Tepe etrap ("district") of Ahal province. He graduated from the Turkmen State Medical Institute in 1979 and entered a career in dentistry. He also received a PhD in medical sciences in Moscow. By 1992 he had become part of the dentistry faculty at the Medical Institute.

In an interview when asked about his life experience Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow said:

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