Safely ensconced in power, Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is now striving to make the Central Asian state's authoritarian system more efficient. To do that, Berdymukhamedov is giving the Turkmen Constitution a makeover.
Following a session of the State Commission for Constitutional Reforms on July 21, Berdymukhamedov signaled a desire to mimic China's controlled capitalism model. According to a report distributed by the state TDH news agency, Berdymukhamedov indicated the revised Constitution would "guarantee a balanced transition to the market economy against the background of equal legal existence of different forms of ownership, and the development of various forms of entrepreneurship." He also said that all Turkmen citizens would enjoy "economic freedom."
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Deirdre Tynan is a freelance journalist who specializes in Central Asian affairs.