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A second political party in Turkmenistan -- which is still under an absolute dictatorship more than 20 years after achieving independence from the Soviet Union -- will do nothing to bring democracy to the oil-rich Central Asian nation, political observers and analysts say.
A second political party in Turkmenistan — still under an absolute dictatorship more than 20 years after achieving independence from the Soviet Union — will do nothing to bring democracy to the oil-rich Central Asian nation, political observers and analysts say.
World history is littered with dictators who just happened to be — ahem — towering athletic giants. In honor of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who recorded an impressive two goals and one assist in a recent hockey game, we present a few of our favorite dictathletes.
Turkmenistan's president is running for re-election Sunday against candidates only from his own party, a contest that voters say provides them no choice.
Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe will "cling to power" for as long as possible, and a popular revolt against him would result in a bloodbath, according to a former U.S. ambassador to the southern African nation that Mr. Mugabe has ruined through disastrous economic and racial policies since 1980.