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Тurkic Weekly

 

2017 7 (58) 



(13-19 february)

Тurkic Weekly presents the weekly review of  the most signifi cant 

developments  in the Turkic world. Тurkic Weekly provides timely 

information and an objective assessment on  relevant issues in the 

agenda of  Turkic countries.  

Тurkic Weekly is a weekly information and analytical digest

published by the International Turkic Academy.

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INAUGURATION OF THE PRESIDENT 

WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT 

On Monday, 13th of  February, the Central Election Commission of  Turkmenistan announced the 

results of  voting. According to the results of  elections held on 12th of  February 2017, Gurbanguly 

Berdimuhamedow received 97.69 percent of  votes; he led the country since 2007. Turkmen media noted 

that in the previous presidential elections: on February 11, 2007 Berdimuhamedow received 89.23 percent 

of  votes, and on February 12, 2012 - 97.14 percent.

As we previously reported, nine candidates participated in the presidential campaign. According to the 

Constitution updated last year, the presidential term was increased from five to seven years.

At the end of  last week in the capital of  Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was 

inaugurated. Members of  Parliament, members of  the Cabinet, and representatives of  law enforcement 

agencies, the Central Election Commission, local authorities and local government, as well as other invited 

persons attended the event.

Immediately after his election, Berdimuhamedow once again outlined the priorities of  the state and 

prospects of  further development. According to the «Neutral Turkmenistan» newspaper, «The Head of  

State stressed that industry will develop steadily, advanced technologies will be widely introduced, as well 

as necessary steps to ensure the dynamic development of  the national economy will be taken».

In addition, among the priorities Turkmen President has identified the continuation of  struggle and the 

total eradication of  drug abuse and other negative effects. In foreign policy, will rely on the neutral- legal 

status of  a state.

On the re-election of  Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, state media published the leader biography. It was 

noted that Berdimuhamedow was born in the Babarap village of  Geok- Tepinsk district of  Akhal province 

of  Turkmenistan, on June 29, 1957. In 1997, he was appointed Minister of  Health and Medical Industry 

of  Turkmenistan. In 2001, he became deputy Chairman of  the Cabinet of  Ministers of  Turkmenistan.

Thus, one of  the Central Asian republics has held presidential elections. However, unlike Turkmenistan 

presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan promises to be hot, and voting results to be unpredictable.


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RESULTS OF A. ATAMBAYEV’S 

VISIT TO BELGIUM

On February 15-16, the President of  the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev paid an official visit 

to the Kingdom of  Belgium. According to the Ministry of  Foreign Affairs of  the Kyrgyz Republic, this 

trip is planned since last year and is aimed at deepening the Kyrgyz-European relations in the investment 

sphere.

During the visit, A. Atambayev held bilateral meetings with King Philippe of  Belgium, President of  the 



European Council Donald Tusk, President of  the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and the 

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.  

One of  the main outcomes of  the meeting was the signing of  a new cooperation agreement between 

the Kyrgyz Republic and the European Union. As the EU Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Cesare 

De Montis noted, the new document will supplement an agreement taken 20 years ago and bring it into 

line with the new conditions. The new document will be more comprehensive and will meet all changes, 

which Kyrgyzstan, Europe and the rest of  the world have undergone over the years; - the Kyrgyz news 

agency Kabar reports. Within the visit, A.Atambayev also signed two financial agreements: a program 

on the rule of  law, which plans to attract 13 million euros, and program of  integrated development of  

regions. 

In general, according to experts, the current visit of  A. Atambayev is also associated with a desire to 

strengthen the parliamentary system, as well as get rid of  the established opinion that Kyrgyzstan’s foreign 

policy is linked to the Russian policy. The Kyrgyz expert Emil Djurayev expressed this opinion.

After Brussels Almazbek Atambayev paid a working visit to the city of  Munich, where, along with leaders 

of  other countries took part in the Munich Security Conference. During the event, A.Atambayev met 

with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As German media reports, the two leaders discussed issues 

of  bilateral relations between Kyrgyzstan and Germany, as well as exchanged views on regional and 

international agenda.



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RESULTS OF ERDOGAN’S 

TOUR IN THE GULF COUNTRIES

On 12-14 of  February, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a tour in the Persian Gulf  countries, 

including Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. During the visits, the Turkish leader discussed issues such as 

the development of  economic relations and the fight against international terrorism.

The First Lady Emine Erdogan, Head of  the General Staff  Gen. Hulusi Akar, Foreign Minister Mevlut 

Cavusoglu, Minister of  Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak, Minister of  Economy Nihat 

Zeybekci, Minister of  National Defense Fikri Isik and Head of  the Turkish National Intelligence 

Organization Hakan Fidan accompanied the Turkish President during his visit.

The visit to Qatar was fruitful, as the parties reached a number of  important agreements. As the Turkish 

experts note, for a long time Qatar supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Turkey. The amount of  LNG 

spot deliveries in the total import volumes of  natural gas to Turkey is 5.15%. Turkey buys LNG on spot 

contracts from 7 countries, 68.5% of  which is the share of  Qatar.

During a meeting with Saudi King Salman, the sides discussed the issues of  combating terrorism. In 

particular, the question of the Syrian settlement was on the agenda. 

In Bahrain, the parties signed a memorandum of  understanding on cooperation in the production of  

military products, said Bahrain news agency BNA. The agency also reported that the King of  Bahrain 

presented to the President of  Turkey the highest state award of  the kingdom - the Order of  Shaikh Isa 

Bin Salman Al-Khalifa «in recognition of  the efforts in the service of  the Muslim community and the 

protection of  humanitarian values». 

Experts note that these visits will promote cooperation between Turkey and Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and 

Qatar, both on a bilateral basis and within the framework of  the Gulf  Cooperation Council and the 

Organization of  Islamic Cooperation OIC.



6

MUNICH CONFERENCE ON SECURITY 

On 17-19 of  February, at the Bayerischer Hotel the Munich Security Conference was held, more than 

500 high-ranking politicians and experts from around the world attended it. This year, during the 53rd 

session, the participants discussed topical issues of  security. According to the organizers, the program of  

the conference was devoted to the following issues: future of  the transatlantic relationship and NATO 

after the election of  Donald Trump; cooperation in the framework of  the European Union in the field of  

security and defense; crisis in Ukraine and relations with Russia; the war in Syria and the security situation in 

the Asia-Pacific region, including the Korean peninsula. In addition, participants also discussed terrorism, 

information warfare, as well as potential threats to global health and climate problems.

UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteresh, Head of  the European Council Donald Tusk, EU High 

Representative Federica Mogherini, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg were among the participants 

of  the conference. In addition, presidents of  Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Poland and Afghanistan, 

the prime ministers of  Norway, Hungary and Iraq, the Foreign Minister of  China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, 

Turkey, Russia, France and the UK attended the event. From the American side, US Vice President Mike 

Pence attended the event.

On the sidelines of  the Munich conference, talks of  Foreign Ministers of  «Norman format» were held, 

where participants discussed the worsening situation in the east of Ukraine.

Among the other politicians, President of  Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev took part in the work of  the conference. 

Azerbaijani President attended the roundtable on the «Prices stabilization: the return of  OPEC and oil 

geopolitics».

As it is known, the Munich Security Conference is an annual conference held in Munich (Germany) since 

1962. Until 1993, it was called the Conference on Military Affairs and was held under the auspices of  the 

Christian Social Union, financed by the Government of  Germany since 1998.



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KYRGYZSTAN APPOINTED 

THE PRESIDENT ELECTIONS DATE

According to the press service of  the Kyrgyz President A.Atambayev, the next presidential election in 

Kyrgyzstan will be held on 19th of  November. The report notes that the powers of  the current President 

A.Atambayev, who has been elected in 2011, will end in the autumn of 2017.

During a meeting with Chairman of  the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums Nurzhan 

Shayldabekova, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev noted the special importance of  the elections of  

a new president of  the country, which, in accordance with the constitutional law will be held on 19 of  

November this year. “It is necessary to eliminate all shortcomings and omissions in the work and ensure 

a fully open and fair election of  a new president in the remaining nine months before the election”, - said 

Almazbek Atambayev to the media.

Despite the fact that more than 6 months left before the race, the applicants have already started preparatory 

work. Experts say that A.Atambayev himself  has repeatedly said he does not intend to prepare a successor.

However, last week it became known that former Prime Minister Temir Sariyev and the leader of  the 

parliamentary faction Onuguu-Progress Bakyt Torobayev will run for presidency. Experts note that Roza 

Otunbayeva is also preparing to run for election in the fall. In general, it is clear that the list of  candidates 

will  be increased by the unknown successor to the current president, as well as by dozens of  local 

politicians. For comparison: in the previous presidential election in 2011, 83 candidates applied to the 

CEC, however, only 16 could participate in the elections - most dropped out at the stage of  introducing 

a compulsory contribution.

It is also important to note that the President Almazbek Atambayev may not participate in the elections 

- the Constitution prohibits re-election. Some experts predict to Atambayev the transition to Prime 

Minister post, others predict his transition to the Parliament, where he could lead the faction of  the Social 

Democratic Party (SDP).

Nevertheless, now it is too early to sound forecasts - the balance of  power may significantly change. 

Today, the applicants have almost equal strength. Someone has better ties abroad, someone has big 

financial and media resources, someone has more communications. Observers note that the majority of  

applicants follows pro-Russian views.


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