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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - Nurmuhammed Hanamov
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.
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.
"The new party cannot help pave the way for democratic reforms," Nurmuhammed Hanamov, co-chairman of Turkmenistan's exiled Republican Party, said from Vienna, Austria. "[It] will not lead to a change in social conditions, and they will not criticize any policy of the government."
Mr. Hanamov noted that the new party is headed by Orazmammed Mammedov, a close friend of the president's, and said the political group likely will not offer real opposition.