Turkmenistan will maintain snap presidential elections after the nation’s authoritarian chief introduced he is able to relinquish energy to a brand new era
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s assertion that the nation needs to be directed by youthful folks appeared to counsel that his son Serdar would succeed him; the son has risen by means of a sequence of more and more distinguished authorities posts and is now the deputy chairman of the Cupboard.
No election in post-Soviet Turkmenistan has been thought-about genuinely aggressive. Whereas eight candidates ran towards Berdymukhamedov within the final election in 2017, all expressed assist for his authorities and Berdymukhamedov tallied greater than 97% of the vote.
Berdymukhamedov got here to energy in 2006 after the loss of life of the eccentric Saparmurat Niyazov and he established a pervasive cult of persona much like his predecessor’s. Underneath his rule, the nation has remained tough for outsiders to enter and Turkmenistan has not reported any instances of an infection within the coronavirus pandemic.
It additionally has struggled to diversify its financial system, which is overwhelmingly depending on its huge pure gasoline reserves.
Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this story.