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Turkmen President Reelected With 97 Percent Of Vote

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Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has won a new five-year term in office following a landslide election victory.

The Central Election Commission declared Berdymukhammedov the victor of the February 12 election, saying he captured more than 97 percent of the vote. Officials said more than 96 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

The outcome is seen as unsurprising in the autocratic, energy-rich Central Asian nation, where Berdymukhammedov was facing off against seven token opponents and the election process was viewed largely as a formality.

The second-place finisher, Energy and Industry Minister Yarmukhammet Orazgulyev, won just 1.2 percent.

No Western observers were invited to monitor the voting.

The head of an observer mission from the Commonwealth of Independent States, CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev, said he received no complaints of irregularities.

Lebedev said his "heart rejoiced" at an electoral process that showed no sign of sliding into the social unrest seen in Libya and Egypt.

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Report by RFE/RL's Turkmen Service.

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Turkmen President Reelected With 97 Percent Of Vote

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