Inauguration ceremony of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has begun in Rukhyet Palace

In Rukhyet Palace the solemn ceremony of inauguration of newly elected President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has started.

Chairperson of the Mejlis and vice Premiers, Heads of military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments, khyakims of velayats and of Ashgabat city, deputies of the national parliament, representatives of political parties and public associations, the Council of Elders, the executive authorities and local government bodies gathered here today.
Among the participants there are members of the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums in Turkmenistan, the candidates for the post of the Head of the State, representatives of international organizations, who arrived in our country as observers, and which monitored the electoral process on sites.

In the hall there are members of official foreign delegations, heads of accredited in Turkmenistan diplomatic missions, ambassadors of our country abroad, representatives of national and foreign media, the general public, as well as other invited guests.

President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov welcomed the candidates, who have run for the presidency. As you know, on February 12, in the presidential elections total 9 candidates have participated, nominated by political parties and citizens' initiatives.

At 9:00 guards of honor under the sounds of march brought the national flag of Turkmenistan, the Standard of the President of Turkmenistan, the Constitution of Turkmenistan and the holy Koran into the room.

Standing, by storm lengthy applause filled to overflowing hall of Rukhyet Palace greets the newly elected President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov. The Head of the State comes on stage.

For the announcement of presidential election results the floor was given to G.Myradov, the Chairman of the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums in Turkmenistan. Head of the CEC noted that the electoral campaign took place in the framework of law and in accordance with the generally recognized rules of law, on the principles of universal, equal and direct voting right, by secret ballot and free expression of the citizens, alternativeness, openness and transparency. The aforesaid were also confirmed by the international observers, representing reputable organizations and structures and independent observers, arrived in our country, which especially highlighted the activity of the electorate.

In general, 3,163,000 692 voters have taken part in the vote, that made up 97.28 percent of the total.

According to the results of national elections for M.Annanepesov, Deputy Chairman of the State Association of Food Industry was given 1.02 percent of the votes, for D. Annaev, Deputy khyakim of Mary velayat - 0.21 percent, for B.Atalyev, Chairman of the Board of Joint-Stock Commercial Bank "Rysgal" - 0,36 percent, for Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan - 97.69 percent, for R.Durdyev, Director of Seidi Oil Refinery - 0.15 percent, for M.Gurbanov, Deputy khyakim of Dashoguz velayat on agriculture - 0.17 percent, for S. Jelilov, Head of Economy and Development Department of Akhal velayat - 0.25 percent, for S.Nurnepesov, General Director of "Garabogazsulfat" of Balkan velayat - 0.09 percent, for D. Orazov, Head of Mary velayat Agrarian party Committee - 0.06 percent of the votes.

On the basis of the Resolution adopted at the final meeting of the CEC on February 14, 2017 and in accordance with article 76 of the Electoral Code of Turkmenistan, the candidate Gurbanguly Myalikgulyevich Berdymuhamedov, collected 97.69 percent of votes in the elections declared the elected the President of Turkmenistan.