Turkmenistan honors president by opening park in his name

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan has marked its leader’s 58th birthday by opening a park named after him, a move reflecting his blossoming personality cult.The park called Arkadag (Protector), the nickname of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, has a massive marble arch at its entrance adorned with a large portrait of him.Berdymukhamedov, a former dentist who came to power in 2006 after the sudden death of his eccentric predecessor, didn’t attend the park’s opening Monday. Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img Last month, Turkmenistan unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of the president carrying a dove and riding atop a horse, the first such monument to Berdymukhamedov in the country dotted with gold-leafed statues of his predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov.Like Niyazov, Berdymukhamedov hasn’t allowed any dissent or independent media in the country that sits on the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img