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"Turkmenistan after Niyazov" symposium held in Tehran

TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (ISNA)-Iran's foreign ministry's common wealth bureau chief in the "Turkmenistan after Niyazov" symposium, regarding the current situation in Turkmenistan, stated that this country had a tribal and ethnic atmosphere and the previous communist environment and the Niyazov rule had turned that country into a patient and enduring nation.

"After Niyazov's death two theories were forwarded. One noted that after Niyazov's death, his rule will also end and Turkmenistan will experience a new political and management atmosphere; the other theory noted emphasized on the authority void created and how this void was to be filled," explained Aghajani.

"We will gradually witness changes in the political and governmental structure of Turkmenistan; this is mostly predicted when we see how Turkmenistan's parliament speaker, who was the legitimate successor of the president was placed aside," he added.

"This country in a short term will not experience many changes that is the time between presidential elections till the next two coming years; in the mid term period that is from elections till the next five years some structural changes will be seen and finally in the long run, due to international changes which are taking place, this country will go through many fundamental changes," he said.

"Of course many of these changes will not be internal, mostly because the nation itself is satisfied with its current condition and most of the current government's opponents are either out of the country or controlled within it," Iran's foreign ministry common wealth bureau chief commented.

"Niyazov after the collapse of the Soviet Union successfully enforced Turkmenistan's culture and national identity and made many economic developments, but many of his methods such as the president's absolute control over many factors must be eliminated for the sake of the country's future," he said.

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