Turkmen presidential election, 2012

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Turkmenistani presidential election, 2012
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Nominee Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow Annageldi Orazberdiýewiç Ýazmyradow
Percentage 97.14% 1.07%

President before election

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

Elected President

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

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Presidential elections were held in Turkmenistan on 12 February 2012.[1] They were Turkmenistan's fourth presidential elections and decided who would be the country's president for the next five years. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow won with 97% of the vote.



  1. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, incumbent President of Turkmenistan[2]
  2. Rejep Bazarow, deputy head of the Daşoguz Province[3]
  3. Kakageldi Abdullaýew, Governor of the Türkmenbaşy District
  4. Gurbanmämmet Mollaniýazow, manager of Türkmennebit
  5. Annageldi Orazberdiýewiç Ýazmyradow, Water Minister
  6. Esendurdy Gaýypow, head of Lebapgurluşyk production association
  7. Saparmyrat Batyrow, director of the Gökdepe textile mill
  8. Ýarmuhammet Orazgulyýew, Deputy Energy and Industry Minister [4]

All of them are members of Turkmenistan's only political party, the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan.[5]

Declared interest[edit]

  1. Nurmuhammet Hanamow, leader of the exiled Republican Party of Turkmenistan[6][7]


  1. Aina Abayeva, English teacher nominated by the Civil Society Movement. Her request to participate was rejected because the organisation that nominated her was an unregistered NGO. Its lack of legal status meant that it did not have the authority to make such a nomination.[8]


Campaigning started in October 2011.[9] During the campaign many of the candidates running against the incumbent president expressed their support for him, thus giving rise to suspicions that his victory was more or less guaranteed.[3] According to an expert from the Chatham House, "the vote [was] a democratic sham" and an example of "faux democracy".[10]


e • d Summary of the 12 February 2012 Turkmenistani presidential election results
Candidates Votes %
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow 97.14
Annageldi Orazberdiýewiç Ýazmyradow 1.07
Rejep Bazarow 0.28
Saparmyrat Batyrow 0.19
Kakageldi Abdullaýew 0.16
Gurbanmämmet Mollaniýazow 0.08
Esendurdy Gaýypow 0.06
Ýarmuhammet Orazgulyýew 1.02
Total (turnout 96.70%) 2,888,887 100.00
Source: turkmenistan.gov.tm

The official turnout was 96.28%.[11] Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was re-elected with 97% of the vote.[10]


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