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Acting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov pledged on January 25 to provide every family in Turkmenistan with a \"mobile phone and access to the Internet.\" Berdymukhammedov, a candidate in the presidential election set for February 11, added that \"the installation of telephones in every part of Turkmenistan will be completed by 2015\" and said the country will have its first electric train in the coming year, in line with a plan by late Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov. Berdymukhammedov, who worked as a dentist before becoming a deputy prime minister and health minister, was appointed interim president on December 21 and has emerged as the front-runner in the race to succeed Niyazov.
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Speaking to reporters in Dushanbe, Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov reported on January 25 that his meeting with visiting Iranian Education Minister Mahmud Farshidi resulted in an agreement on Iranian assistance and cooperation in the fields of science, education, and culture, Asia-Plus reported. Farshidi reportedly added that Iran will provide particular assistance in expanding cooperation in the education and technology sectors, and said that Tehran wants to increase the number of exchange students between Iran and Tajikistan. Farshidi also announced that Iran has donated nearly 400,000 textbooks for use in Tajik secondary schools.
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The Kyrgyz Parliament voted 25-38 in a secret ballot on Thursday to reject President Kurmanbek Bakiyev\'s proposal to reappoint Felix Kulov as the country\'s prime minister. Kulov needed to win the votes of 38 of parliament\'s 75 members to keep his post. The Kulov-led government resigned on December 19, 2006.
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By empty (1/9/2007 issue of the CACI Analyst)

The first 2007 meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be held at the end of January, Head of the Azeri Foreign Ministry\'s information department Tair Tagizade told Interfax on Tuesday. Consultations are underway on the place and exact date of the talks, he said. Depending on the outcome of the talks, the presidents of the two countries may hold another meeting on the Karabakh settlement later this year, he said.

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