By Nigar Abbasova
The candidates for the presidential election in Turkmenistan have started their pre-election campaigns.
The election is scheduled for February 12, 2017.
The country’s Central Election Committee (CEC) has registered nine candidates, who were nominated by political parties and the citizens’ initiative groups.
The Democratic Party nominated the incumbent head of state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan nominated chairman of the Commercial Bank Rysgal, Bekmyrat Atalyev, and the Agrarian Party nominated Durdygylych Orazov.
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.
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