Turkmenistan to end 'free fuel' practice

Motorists in energy-rich country see the end of 120-liter allowance

ASHGABAD (AA) – The Turkmen government is to stop supplying free fuel to motorists in the country.

The decision was signed on Tuesday by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Energy-rich Turkmenistan has supplied 120 liters of fuel a month to vehicle owners, free of charge, since 2008.

At US$0.22 per liter, the country's motorists enjoy one of the lowest fuel prices in the world. The price is around $US2.4 a liter in Turkey.

A certain amount of natural gas, electricity and water are also provided to Turkmen citizens free of charge. 

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