Turkmenistan. At the March parliamentary elections, the
presidential party and its support groups received 103 out
of 125 seats. The Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Party
(TSTP) was given eleven seats, as was the Turkmenistan
Farmers' Party (TAP) which was also given eleven seats. Only
three (and faithful) parties were allowed to stand in the
election. Since all decisions are made by the president and
the government, the distribution of seats is irrelevant.
Shortly after the election, President Gurbanguli
Berdimuchammedov appointed his 36-year-old son Serdar as
Deputy Foreign Minister. With 91.4% of the electorate voting
at the last parliamentary election, where he took office in
2016, his son Serdar is seen as a clear possible successor
to his father Gurbanguli.
Countryaah.com, the Reporters Without Borders organization placed
Turkmenistan in 178th place among 180 countries in the
organization's latest press freedom index. It also fits well
with President Berdimuchammedov's new law, which calls on
the TV channels to show a more positive image of
Turkmenistan. The law also prohibits the country's TV
channels from showing material with "sexually erotic"
content or something that encourages "bad habits".