Turkmenistan Election: Son of President Wins Presidency

Turkmenistan Central Election Commission (CEC) on Tuesday said that Serdar Berdymukhamedov, the son of outgoing Turkmenistan President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, won the election with 72.97% of the vote.

There were 8 other candidates in the national election, where Berdymukhamedov was declared as winner after an unusual vote-counting delay. “He will run the country’s affairs for seven years,” the CEC said in a statement.

Presidential hopeful Khyrdyr Nunnayev was the closest rival who garnered 11% of the votes.

CEC officials on Sunday said they need more time to count the votes, smearing an unexpected wait for the result. Turkmenistan election authorities normally release preliminary results of the election on the end of the day of voting, such as when Berdymukhamedov was reelected with 97% of the vote in 2017.

Other candidates have so far not reacted to the result of the election and also did not congratulate Berdymukhamedov in his victory.

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