The incumbent has promised change, but prospects for a more democratic system are not promising.
Analysts see this is as opportunity for the president to assert himself outside the shadow of the country’s first leader.
President Berdymukhamedov has for decades carefully been preparing for his son to take over.
Crucial polls provide opportunity to confront misogyny in political power and public discourse.
With the United National Movement at the helm, the region is now a test for local governance.
Enmity and toxic rhetoric dominate discourse amid a second round of critical local elections.
Claims that the new system is being implemented without proper public consultation and will weaken democracy.
Vote for mayors and municipal councillors may choose the country’s political direction.
Analysts say that politicians pander to highly localised interests amid little transparency.
Political forces regroup after suffering punishing defeat in snap parliamentary elections.