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    Turkmenistan's Central Election Committee said that President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has won his third presidential term with 97.69% of the vote.

    Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is pictured during a signing ceremony in the Blue Hall at the presidential palace in Budapest on June 18, 2014
    ASHGABAT (Sputnik) Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov won his third presidential term with 97.69 percent of the votes, Turkmenistan's Central Election Committee said on Monday.

    Berdimuhamedov was largely expected to secure his post when voting in the Central Asian republic got underway on Sunday.

    Eight contenders competed against the Turkmen president-elect in the latest election, whose turnout stood at 97.27 percent of the population.

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