Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov, 66, suddenly died of a cardiac arrest at 1:10 a.m. local time on Thursday.
As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports referring to the State news service (TDH), a meeting of Security Council of Turkmenistan was convened. The meeting considered a number of priority issues related to maintaining stability and rule of law in the country. The meeting discussed organization of the burial ceremony of the Turkmen leader. A special commission was formed to oversee the arrangements of the burial ceremony. Deputy prime minister, minister of healthcare and pharmaceutical industry of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimukhammedov was named to head the commission.
The first president of Turkmenistan has led the country for 21 years, the TDH reports. He was the author of independence and sovereignty of Turkmenistan.
Saparmurat Niyazov will be buried in his hope village of Kipchak on December 24.