Turkmenistan: Anti-Corruption Body Created to Fight Crisis
With the economic crisis in Turkmenistan getting only deeper, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has created an anticorruption agency to combat what he thinks might be the main culprit.
Berdymukhamedov announced the formation of the agency during a government meeting on June 1. He said the goal of the body would be "to improve the detection, prevention, disclosure and investigation of corruption-related offenses.”
For all the talk of disclosure, there has been little of that going on. While it was not spelled out, the timing of this move looks like a transparent response to the deepening malaise gripping the country.
By all accounts, evidence of trouble in Turkmenistan is mounting with every passing day. Prices for anything other than the most common fruit and vegetables are constantly on the rise. Shortages for many other everyday items, such as chicken and sugar, are a regular occurrence. When sought-after goods do appear in the markets, shoppers are at the mercy of traders empowered to haggle costs upwards.
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