Turkmenistan Registers Presidential Candidates
<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/25035B09-0414-4DC0-BD8E-06D63416AEFD_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="Acting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (file photo) (official site)"> <img alt="Acting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (file photo) (official site)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/25035B09-0414-4DC0-BD8E-06D63416AEFD_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>Acting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (file photo) (official site)</p></div>December 28, 2006 -- Turkmenistan's Central Election Commission today officially registered six candidates for the February 11 presidential election.
The commission also gave orders for all 65 electoral districts to start preparing for the election.
The candidates are current acting President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov; Deputy Petroleum Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Ishanguly Nuryev; Abadan city head Orazmyrad Garajayev; Turkmenbashi city Governor Ashirniyaz Pomanov; parliament deputy and First Deputy Governor of the Dashoguz region Amanyaz Atajykov; and the head of the Karabekaul district, Mukhammetnazar Gurbanov.
CEC chief Murad Karryev has said he would "do everything" to make sure Berdymukhammedov wins "because he is a worthy candidate."
Turkmenistan's state newspapers today published the new law on presidential elections, adopted at a December 26 session of the Halk Maslahaty (People's Council).
Under President Saparmurat Niyazov, who died last week after leading independent Turkmenistan since 1991, a law on presidential elections was never adopted.