What Next After Turkmenbashi?

The death of Turkmenistan's cruel dictator could lead to democracy for the strategically located, natural gas-rich country or throw Central Asia into chaos

When Turkmenistan's president, Saparmurat Niyazov, died of cardiac arrest at the age of 66 on 21 December, many wondered if the demise of this ruthless dictator would bring his impoverished people a step closer to democracy. But the real question is if his death will lead to instability and chaos instead.

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