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Turkmens decide to hold presidential election on Feb. 11

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Turkmens decide to hold presidential election on Feb. 11

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Turkmenistan will hold a presidential election on February 11th. A so-called People’s Assembly decided unanimously for the Central Asian nation of five million people. The vote will be held to choose a replacement for authoritarian President Saparmurat Niyazov. The president-for-life’s term ended suddenly last week, when he died. He had ruled for 21 years. Foreign observers are following events closely, given their interest in Turkmenistan’s rich gas reserves.