Öwezgeldi Ataýew

Öwezgeldi Ataýew (Russian: Овезгельды Атаев, tr. Ovezgel'dy Atayev; born 1951) is a Turkmen politician. He was the chairman of the Assembly of Turkmenistan from 2002 to 2006. According to the Constitution of Turkmenistan, he was to become the acting president after the death of Saparmurat Niyazov in December 2006. However, the State Security Council of Turkmenistan reported that Atayev was not appointed acting president due to a criminal case started against him. Atayev was charged with abuse of power and human rights violations.

Öwezgeldi Ataýew
5th Chairman of the Assembly of Turkmenistan
In office
12 November 2002 – 22 December 2006
Preceded byTagandurdy Hallyýew
Succeeded byAkja Nurberdiýewa
Chief Justice of Turkmenistan
In office
6 January 1999 – 12 November 2002
Preceded byAta Rahmanow
Succeeded byÝagşygeldi Esenow
Personal details
Born1951 (age 71–72)
Ashkhabad, Turkmen SSR, USSR
(now Ashgabat, Turkmenistan)
Political partyDemocratic Party of Turkmenistan

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, who was one of several Deputy Prime Ministers and Minister of Health, succeeded Niyazov instead. According to Kommersant, Atayev was arrested on 21 December 2006.[1] Berdimuhamedow signed an order dismissing Atayev for "committing a deed incompatible with the high position entrusted to him". Atayev was accused in a statement of harassing and humiliating his daughter-in-law and driving her to attempted suicide.[2]


  1. ^ Vladimir Solovyov and Mikhail Zygar (2006-12-22). "Turkmenbashi, "Father of All Turkmen," Dies". Kommersant.
  2. ^ Al Jazeera English – News – Niyazov Death Sparks Power Struggle Archived January 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine