Turkmen presidential election - primary issue in 2017
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Jan. 2
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
The year 2017 will be marked by major historical events, among which the utmost importance is attached to the Turkmen presidential election, said the country’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, according to the local media.
Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmenistan’s three political parties – Democratic Party, Agrarian Party, Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs – participate in the presidential elections.
“I am convinced that the presidential election will contribute to the growth of social and political activity and maturity of our citizens,” said the Turkmen president.
Currently, campaigning continues for the Turkmen presidential election, scheduled for Feb. 12, 2017.
Turkmenistan’s Central Election Commission has registered nine presidential candidates, who were nominated by political parties and initiative groups of citizens.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been elected twice as the country’s president. During the presidential election in 2012, 97.4 percent of voters cast their ballots for Berdimuhamedov.
Turkmen president is elected for a period of seven years, according to new amendments to the country’s Constitution.