Turkmenistani presidential election, 2007
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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". On December 26, 2006 the People's Council announced that the election would occur on February 11, 2007.
- Amanýaz Atajykow, member of parliament and deputy governor of Daşoguz Province
- Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Acting President
- Orazmyrat Garajaýew, mayor of Abadan
- Muhammetnazar Gurbanow, head of the Garabekewul district
- Işanguly Nuryýew, Deputy Oil and Gas Industry and Natural Resources Minister
- Aşyrnyýaz Pomanow, mayor of Türkmenbaşy
Current authorities endorsed the Acting President. 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.
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. Later reports never mentioned him again and always gave the six candidates named above as the approved candidates, 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. He also said he would support small business and private ownership, noting that 61% of the economy is in private hands.
Electoral officials in Turkmenistan reported that 95% of voters voted in the election. Radio Free Europe disputes the voter turn-out figures provided by the government, and claims that the election was "neither free nor fair". The International Crisis Group has described the poll as a "blatantly falsified election".
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. 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.
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.
|Total (turnout 95 %)|
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- Video presentation of the six candidates (in Turkmen)