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Exiled Turkmen opposition say returning home

Exiled Turkmen opposition say returning home

Leaders of Turkmenistan's exiled opposition say they intend to take up the invitation of the president to return to their home country and take part in elections next year.
Nurmukhammet Khanamov, the Vienna-based chairman of the Republican Party of Turkmenistan, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he and his allies will need guarantees of safe passage.
Turkmen authorities have undertaken efforts to improve the country's tarnished democratic credentials. Critics remain doubtful that reforms will be implemented. Only one party is represented in parliament and criticism of the president is not tolerated.
Khanamov said in a statement released with a fellow opposition politician, however, that their return to Turkmenistan could lead to democratic transition.


Updated : 2021-07-25 01:59 GMT+08:00