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Turkmenistan to hold presidential vote in February

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, 59, won elections by landslides in 2007 and 2012 after coming to power following the death of his eccentric predecessor Sapurmurat Niyazov in late 2006Turkmenistan will hold a presidential vote on February 12 next year, state media reported Saturday, with President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov likely to compete unencumbered by any serious opposition. State news agency TDH and state television both carried the announcement, which comes a month after the isolated Central Asian state passed constitutional changes removing barriers to the autocrat’s life-long rule. The election date was approved by Turkmenistan’s parliament on Saturday, TDH said.

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