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Turkmen Opposition Still Seeking Missing Leader

(RFE/RL) December 27, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- A Turkmen opposition group today released an appeal for information about Nurberdy Nurmammedov, who has been missing since December 23, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reported.

The Union of Democratic Forces of Turkmenistan said in its appeal that Nurmammedov disappeared after leaving his home in Ashgabat.

Relatives contacted Turkmen law enforcement agencies, but those agencies said they had no information about the disappearance.

The Union of Democratic Forces of Turkmenistan nominated Nurmammedov, a founder and leader in the unregistered Agzybirlik movement, as its candidate for president in February elections.

Other Turkmen opposition groups -- the Republican and Vatan parties -- nominated former Central Bank chief Khudaiberdy Orazov as a presidential candidate.

Turkmen authorities have not registered either man for the February 11 poll.

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