[QODLink]
Asia
Taking on Turkmenistan's ruling personality
President has promised clean elections in February, but critics doubt if he'll risk losing power.
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2011 19:44

The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan is weeks away from elections, but the image of only one candidate is to be found in public spaces.

The image in question is of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the country's second president since independence and a leader know for commanding absolute power and being intolerant of dissent.

Berdimuhamedov has promised the February 12 elections will be transparent, but five years after he came to power, his pledges of democratic reforms have yet to materialise.

Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker reports from Ashgabat.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.