Turkmenistan set to scrap free electricity, gas and water as gas export earnings drop

September 10, 2015 6:50 PM

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ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – The energy-rich Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan looks set to scrap free provision of electricity, household gas and water to its citizens as the economy shows the strain of reduced demand for natural gas, its chief export.

The proposal was made Thursday during a gathering of the Council of Elders, an advisory body of local officials that mirrors government positions, in the resort town of Avaza.

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