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The ruling tandem is evidently frustrated it cannot will a functioning economy into existence by diktat.

The manat, Turkmenistans currency, is looking a little livelier these days.

As Vienna-based Chronicles of Turkmenistan has reported, the black market exchange rate for the manat surged from 19.5 to the dollar to around 18.5 following remarks made last week by the former president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who is now the speaker of the Senate. The official (and fictitious) rate of the manat has for many years stood at 3.5 to the dollar.

Berdymukhamedov has not technically been in charge of the country since his son, Serdar, was elected president in March, >>

Family drama


Turkmenistan is risking a reputation as a sanctions-buster.

A Chinese government delegation headed by Beijings special envoy for Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyong, was in Turkmenistan on November 14 for talks on the fate of the war-torn country.

Marshaling the energies of Afghanistans neighbors toward a collective approach on mitigating Afghan tribulations has been a core component of Chinas strategy following the Talibans seizure of power. Turkmenistan has been especially receptive to this model and routinely champions the virtue of dialogue with the Taliban* regime, as it did in the exchange with Yue.

Turkmenistan stands >>

Send in the clowns


The presidents father (the former president) is stealing the show. Plus, the latest on efforts to get Turkmen gas to Europe.

It is like he never went away.

Even though Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov stepped down as president in March to make way for his son, Serdar, he is increasingly behaving these days like he still runs the country.

On November 12, he headed out to the Mary province to conduct a personal inspection on the progress of the cotton harvest and the sowing of wheat. The micromanagement session was apparently necessitated by the difficulties being experienced in the agricultural sector.

President Serdar Berdymukhamedov has complained at times of the weakness of >>

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