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| Ahal Province, Turkmenistan, Central Asia|
|latitude: 38.788, longitude: 58.623|
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Notes on Ahal Province
The capital of Ahal Province is Änew, called Аннау (Annau) in Russian and most commonly called that name out of habit even by Turkmen speakers. Ahal Province surrounds the Turkmen capital city, Ashgabat, but Ashgabat is not part of Ahal Province.
Prior to 1988, this province was named Ashkhabad oblast' (Ашхабадская область) with its capital in the city of Ashkhabad, today's Ashgabat. This oblast' was abolished from 1988 to 1992. From 1988 to 1991 he area was subordinated directly to the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic and from 1991 to 1992 the independent Turkmenistan government. From 1992 on, the capital city Ashgabat became a separate administrative unit equal in status to a province, and the capital of the newly reconstituted province, now named Ahal Province, was shifted to Anew.