Turkmenbashi Dies at 66 (Finally)! Now what?
News is trickling in about the death of Turkmenbashi the Great. Preliminary reports suggest that the infamous totalitarian leader of Turkmenistan died of a heart attack today and will be buried on December 24 (Christmas eve). The People's Council is scheduled to have an extraordinary meeting to discuss succession on December 26. In the meantime, opposition groups in exile are claiming they are ready to return to the country. This could be the biggest test of post-Soviet succession to date.
Many questions remain. Who in the black box of Turkmen politics will influence succession? What is Russia doing now? What will be the role of Turkmenbashi's infamous Turkish, Russian, and Isreali advisors, especially Ahmed Chalik of Turkey? What of Turkmenbashi's son? Stay tuned....this will be interesting.
Anybody want to add their two-cents as to who will be Turkmenbashi II (or if one will exist)? Comments welcome!