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Berdymukhammedov Campaigns In North Turkmenistan

Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov
Incumbent Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has visited the northern Dashoguz Province and used a visit to hydroelectric workers there to do some campaigning for a second term in office.

Berdymukhammedov told the Dashoguz workers that he promised to work to "raise the standard of living of the entire population, of each individual family in particular."

Berdymukhammedov's program was distributed to the press.

It said that, during a second term, the incumbent would embark on a vast construction program that would see a Palace Of Happiness (for weddings) built in every provincial capital, "Eastern" bazaars, five-star hotels and modern highways linking the country's major cities.

Berdymukhammedov has been touring the country campaigning for reelection in the February 12 presidential poll.

He is widely viewed as an easy winner in his competition against seven relatively unknown opponents.

Compiled from agency reports