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Passing the baton in Turkmenistan


At the September 25 meeting of Turkmenistan’s Halk Maslahaty (People’s Council), the president-for-life Gurbanguly Berdimhammedow announced his aim to expand the legislature through a constitutional amendment. While this proposal will have impacts on how the executive and legislature function, for the 5 million people of Turkmenistan this development will mean more of the same presidential authoritarianism. The capital, Ashgabat, is whispering that the president plans to place his son Serdar in a leadership role, while he takes on the mantle of sage advisor, becoming the power behind the throne (rather than on it). In essence, Berdimuhamedow is securing hereditary …read more

Source:: Atlantic Council

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