Tuesday, October 24, 2006

It's Good to Be the President of Turkmenistan

The nutty leader of Turkmenistan had his family history published on Tuesday. "The Tree of Life of Great Turkmenbashi" traces eight generations of the family of Saparmurat Niyazov—who calls himself "Father of All Turkmen."

The book, written in Russian and Turkmen languages, will help "reveal the phenomenon" of Niyazov's personality and help the younger generation follow the "glorious example of his honorable forefathers," it reported.

Last year, Turkmenistan's Central Bank issued golden and silver coins with profiles of Niyazov's family members, and in 2002 he renamed days and months in the calendar after himself and his parents. [Link]

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