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.
Turkmens decide to hold presidential election on Feb. 11