Turkmenistani presidential election, 2007

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Turkmenistani presidential election, 2007
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Nominee Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow Amanýaz Atajykow
Popular vote 2,357,120 85,016
Percentage 89.23% 3.23%

President before election

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow (Acting)

Elected President

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

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Presidential elections were held in Turkmenistan on February 11, 2007, following the death of President for Life Saparmurat Niyazov on 21 December 2006.

Election date[edit]

After Niyazov's death on December 21, 2006, Acting President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow stated that the date for the next presidential election would be announced on December 26, 2006; he also claimed that these elections would be held "on a democratic basis that has been laid by the great leader".[1] On December 26, 2006 the People's Council announced that the election would occur on February 11, 2007.[2]


Six candidates were approved out of eleven contenders, all of them members of the Democratic Party:[3][4]

Current authorities endorsed the Acting President.[6] The candidate nominated by the opposition coalition (whose members are mostly in exile) (led by the Republican Party of Turkmenistan and Watan), Hudaýberdi Orazow, was not approved.[7]

Before the elections, ITAR-TASS claimed that instead of Gurbanow, Durdy Durdyýew, the Deputy Tourism and Sports Minister, would be a candidate in the election.[2] Later reports never mentioned him again and always gave the six candidates named above as the approved candidates,[8] so it seems likely that Durdyýew was only one of the eleven proposed candidates.

At the start of his campaign, Berdimuhamedow promised substantial reforms such as allowing internet access for everyone and revamping the education system, but at the same time vowed to follow Niyazov's footsteps.[9] He also said he would support small business and private ownership, noting that 61% of the economy is in private hands.[10]

Election day[edit]

Electoral officials in Turkmenistan reported that 95% of voters voted in the election.[11] Radio Free Europe disputes the voter turn-out figures provided by the government, and claims that the election was "neither free nor fair".[12][13] The International Crisis Group has described the poll as a "blatantly falsified election".[14]

Seeking to boost voter participation, officials warned inhabitants of Lebap Province that they would not get their monthly flour rations if they failed to vote.[12] At the same time, first-time and elderly voters were promised "gifts" for voting. Later reports indicated that the gift consisted of the late Niyazov's ubiquitous Ruhnama.[12]


Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was declared the winner of the election on February 14, receiving 89.23% of the votes according to official results, and was sworn in as president immediately afterwards.[15]

e • d Summary of the 11 February 2007 Turkmenistan presidential Election results
Candidates Votes %
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow 2,357,120 89.23
Amanýaz Atajykow 85,016 3.23
Işanguly Nuryýew 62,830 2.38
Muhammetnazar Gurbanow 62,672 2.37
Orazmyrat Garajaýew 40,821 1.55
Aşyrnyýaz Pomanow 34,733 1.31
Total (turnout 95 %)    
Source: http://www.turkmenistan.gov.tm/politika/pol&ofic.htm


  1. ^ "Turkmenistan Promises 'democratic' Elections — But As Defined By Late Authoritarian Leader". Theday.com. 2006-12-23. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Two candidates named for Turkmen presidency". ITAR TASS. 2006-12-26. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Turkmen acting leader approved as presidential candidate". RIA Novosti. 2006-12-26. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Turkmen media run biographies of presidential candidates". International Herald Tribune. 2006-12-27. Retrieved 2006-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Election Date Set in Turkmenistan". The Moscow Times. 2006-12-27. Retrieved 2006-12-27. 
  6. ^ "Turkmen lawmakers back caretaker as new president". Reuters. 2006-12-26. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  7. ^ "Turkmen Opposition nominates its own candidate for presidency". ITAR TASS. 2006-12-26. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  8. ^ Staff writer (2006-12-27). "List of Turkmen presidential candidates released". Interfax. Retrieved 2006-12-28.  Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Staff writer (2007-01-04). "Turkmen candidate pledges reforms". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  10. ^ "Turkmenistan voters promised reform", Al Jazeera, January 4, 2007.
  11. ^ High turnout for Turkmen election, BBC News, February 11, 2007.
  12. ^ a b c Polls Closed In Turkmen Presidential Election. RFE/RL. February 11, 2007
  13. ^ Turkmenistan: Presidential Election Deemed Neither Free Nor Fair. RFE/RL February 12, 2007
  14. ^ Vershinin, Alexander (2007-02-13). "Think Tank Blasts Turkmen Election". Associated Press. CBS News. Archived from the original on December 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  15. ^ "New Turkmen President Sworn In". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 2007-02-14. Retrieved 2007-03-06. 

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