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Turkmen parliament becomes younger, more women present

December 25, 2013, 16:34 UTC+3 ASHGABAT
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ASHGABAT, December 25. /ITAR-TASS/. The new Turkmen parliament elected on December 15 is considerably younger than the previous assembly, women making up almost a third of those elected and winning 33 of 125 parliamentary mandates, says a Central Election Commission analysis of the result.

Most deputies represent leading branches of the economy and the social sector, the study shows. The majority is aged between 31 and 50, indicating that comparatively young forces have joined the republic's social and political life.

In the previous parliament, in office since 2008, women accounted for about 20 percent of an overall count aged 40 on average.

Members of the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan, the main grouping with around 190,000 members, have 47 mandates in the new parliament. Representatives of trade unions have taken 33 seats. The Union of Women has 16 representatives and the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, taking part in the election for the first time, has 14 seats. Eight seats were won by a youth organisation and seven mandates taken by deputies nominated by groups of citizens, commission figures show.

The poll has been assessed as well organised and reflecting generally recognised norms of international law, analysis of the event reports. Voting at 2,446 polling stations embraced more than 2.7 million people, 91.33 percent of eligible voters.

Polling was monitored by 99 observers and experts from foreign countries, including envoys from the CIS observer mission, the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, experts from the OSCE Bureau for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

Full monitoring of the election stages was carried out by around 2,500 Turkmen observers.

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