Turkmenistan holds presidential election on February 12

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan is holding a presidential election on February 12.

Nine presidential candidates were officially registered including incumbent Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov who is seeking to be elected president for the third time. President Berdymukhamedov was re-elected five years ago with 97 percent of the vote, in the second presidential election since the Declaration of the Republic A Day of Silence has been declared in Turkmenistan ahead of the presidential election after presidential candidates ended their election campaigns on Feb. 9, according to the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums.

The election date was approved by the Turkmen parliament on October 15. The announcement came a month after Turkmenistan passed constitutional changes which removed barriers that barred anyone over 70 from presidential ballots in the Central Asian country. They also extend future presidential terms to seven years, from the current five.

The country is one of the major actor in the global energy landscape, possessing the world’s third largest reserves of natural gas (23 trillion cubic metres) and substantial oil reserves (600 million barrels).

A Resolution “On the Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan” was adopted on 12 December 1995, during the 50th Anniversary Session of the UN General Assembly. The resolution was unanimously adopted and considered an unprecedented document, the first of its kind in the activities of the Community of Nations.

Peacefulness, respect for other people, their culture and traditions, tolerance, which are basic criteria of neutrality, acquired a new quality content in foreign policy and diplomacy of Turkmenistan. Building on the neutral status, Turkmenistan is consistently expanding its international relations.

Turkmenistan maintains good relations with the UAE characterised by mutual trust, respect and friendship based on common denominators including religion, culture and trade.

Source: Emirates News Agency