Since Serdar Berdimuhamedov became president in March, there have been no changes to political freedoms and human rights. If anything, the situation has worsened for women and access to the internet made even harder. He did, however, sack his aunt who was running the Turkmenistan chapter of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent saying she was exploiting state benefits given to the charity. This has been interpreted as a positive sign that he is not entirely the same as his father, the previous president. Pray that God would do a new work in this man’s life, and create a genuine new beginning for the nation under his leadership (The Bible, Psalm 51:10).