Feb. 11, 2007 Held



Election for Turkmen Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,648,597
Valid Votes:2,643,192
Invalid Votes:5,405

Vote Share by Candidate:

Gurbanguly BERDYMUHAMMEDOV2,357,120


Amanyaz ATADZHYKOV85,016


Ishanguly NURYEV62,830


Mukhammetnazar GURBANOV62,672


Orazmyrad GARADZHAYEV40,821


Ashirniyaz POMANOV34,733

Election Results Modified: Jul 09, 2008

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of Acting President of Turkmenistan

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Acting President Gurbanguly BERDYMUHAMMEDOV *
  • Head of Government: Acting President Gurbanguly BERDYMUHAMMEDOV
  • Assembly: Turkmenistan has a unicameral Parliament (Mejlis) with 50 seats.

* Gurbanguly BERDYMUHAMMEDOV became acting president following the sudden death of President-for-life Saparmurat NIYAZOV in December 2006.
The president is both the chief of state and head of government.
The president is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term. In 1999, the parliament decided that President Saparmurat NIYAZOV should serve for life.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Acting President is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Parliament (Mejlis) 50 members are elected by absolute majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.***

*** However, the highest legislative body is the People's Council (Halk Maslikhaty), a unicameral body with 2,500 delegates. In the unicameral Parliament (Mejlis), 50 members are elected by absolute majority vote in single-seat constituencies to serve 5-year terms. The membership is scheduled to increase to 65 seats.
In the unicameral People's Council (Halk Maslikhaty), delegates are either elected by popular vote or appointed. Elected members serve 5-year terms.

** Members of the People's Council are elected either by popular vote or are appointed.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

    • Party: Acting President
  • Amanyaz ATADZHYKOV
    • Party: Parliament deputy and first deputy governor of the Dashoguz region
  • Ishanguly NURYEV
    • Party: Deputy Petroleum Industry and Mineral Resources Minister
  • Mukhammetnazar GURBANOV
    • Party: Head of the Karabekaul district
  • Orazmyrad GARADZHAYEV
    • Party: Head of Abadan city
  • Ashirniyaz POMANOV
    • Party: Governor of Turkmenbashi city

Last Presidential election:

  • The last presidential election was held on June 21, 1992. Saparmurat NIYAZOV was elected president without opposition. He obtained 99.5% of the vote. On 28 December 1999, the People's Council unanimously approved NIYAZOV as president for life.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 5,570,129 (July 2006 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 2,677,589 (February 2007 )
Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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