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Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

Part 1: News Analysis
Issue 2 (2012)
January 15-27, 2011

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The current focus of Turkmen politics is on the February 12 presidential elections. The registration of candidates has been completed, and eight people, including incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, are registered. Few, however, doubt the outcome of the elections. Indeed, OSCE shares this opinion and considers it pointless to send observers to monitor the voting. Some regional analysts say the election campaign is a farce and label the race as “Wolf and Seven Goats” (after the name of a Russian fairytale) and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” (a mocking reference to Berdymukhamedov’s passion for the color white).

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