They Call It Democracy

Here at David’s Daily Diversion, we want to be the first to make a call in the Turkmenistan presidential election. I know the official results will not be out until Wednesday, in fact the polls don’t even open for another 90 minutes, but DDD declares Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov (try to say that fast three times) the winner.

I know there are six candidates, but since the other five are hauled into the secret police headquarters each day and told what their daily schedules are and what they are allowed to say, and since the head of the independent central election commission has pledged to “do everything” to ensure Berdymukhamedov’s victory, I would say he’s a safe bet.

This may surprise you, but no one in the West is complaining about this being a rigged election. This is actually a step forward in terms of Turkmenistani democracy.

It is possible that the laws against opera and ballet may be lifted. They may add other books to school curricula other than the book written by the late president. Not all at once, of course. Berdymukhamedov has indicated that change will come slowly.

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