The presidential vote is likely to quietly legitimise the incumbent and consolidate his position.
Even as Chișinău confirms its European path, Evghenia Guțul pledges closer ties with Moscow.
The presidential contest looms large over the South Caucasus region and the outcome will have a profound impact in Yerevan and Baku.
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.