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Owezgeldi Atayew

Öwezgeldi Ataýew
Acting President of Turkmenistan
In office
21 December 2006 – 21 December 2006
Preceded by Saparmurat Niyazov
Succeeded by Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
5th Chariman of the Assembly of Turkmenistan
In office
12 November 2002 – 22 December 2006
Preceded by Tagandurdy Hallyýev
Succeeded by Akja Nuberdiyeva
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 62–63)
Political party Democratic Party of Turkmenistan

Öwezgeldi Ataýew (born in 1951; in Russian: Овезгелды Атаев, Ovezgeldy Atayev) is the former Chairman of the Assembly of Turkmenistan. According to the Constitution of Turkmenistan, he was to become the acting president after the death of Saparmurat Niyazov. However, the State Security Council of Turkmenistan reported that Ataýew was not appointed acting president due to a criminal case started against him. Ataýew was charged with abuse of power and human rights violations.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, one of the deputy prime ministers and minister of Health, was appointed instead. According to Kommersant, Ataýew was put under arrest on 21 December 2006.[1] Berdimuhamedow signed an order dismissing Ataýew for "committing a deed incompatible with the high position entrusted to him". Ataýew was accused in a statement of harassing and humiliating his daughter-in-law and driving her to attempted suicide.[2]

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