Turkmenistan leader certain to win third term in presidential polls

Voting is underway in a one-sided election in which the incumbent Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is facing eight other candidates.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A woman signs to collect her ballot during a presidential election at a polling station in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, February 12, 2017.

People in Turkmenistan are voting in Sunday's presidential election in which Turkmen leader Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is certain to secure a third term in office.

Some 3.2 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots in the election where the incumbent president is up against eight other candidates.

The result is not in doubt in an isolated gas-rich country where the government holds a tight grip over every aspect of life.

TRT World's Andrew Hopkins has more details Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat.