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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.

  • ** FILE ** Following the lead of his predecessor, Turkmenistan's new president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, made sure in 2007 that his countrymen knew who he was, with portraits springing up everywhere, such as this one next to a fountain in the capital, Ashgabat. (Joshua Kucera/The Washington Times)

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    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.

  • Residents look Feb. 7, 2012, at a presidential election poster depicting the candidates in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. (Associated Press)

    Turkmenistan's voters assail lack of choice in election

    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.

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