President of Turkmenistan quits party
on 18/08/2013 12:09:12
President Gurbanbuly Berdymukhamedov said on state television that his decision was aimed at giving both parties an equal chance in the December election.
A business-oriented political party created a year ago is likely to end the Democratic Party's two-decade-long monopoly in parliament.
Both parties support Mr Berdymukhamedov.
The Democratic Party was created in 1991 on the basis of the dissolved Communist Party.