BEIJING, May 10 (Xinhua) -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov will pay a state visit to China from Sunday to Wednesday at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
Following is a brief introduction to the Turkmen leader.
Berdymukhamedov was born on June 29, 1957 in the Babarab village in the Ashgabat region of the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan. He was educated at the Turkmen State Medical Institute and started work at the Health Ministry in 1979.
In December 1997 he was named minister of health. In April 2001, he concurrently became deputy prime minister.
In December 2006, Berdymukhamedov was appointed acting president of Turkmenistan and the supreme commander of the country's armed forces.
He was elected president in February 2007 and was re-elected five years later.