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Dove Alights on Turkmen President

This past weekend, Turkmens celebrated the national holiday of their beloved Akhal-teke race horse, noted for its speed and stamina, with an extravaganza of events -- horse races and shows of the "heavenly steeds" as they are called, art exhibitions, contests, and lavish displays of carpets and jewlery, sports competitions, and gala openings of equestrian complexes around the country.

The horse has become not just a symbol of Turkmenistan's nationhood, but the current leadership's "Era of New Revival and Great Reforms" .

At the center of the festivities was President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, whose book "Akhal-teke Horses – Our Pride and Glory," translated into many world languages, was prominently displayed, and who also managed to author yet another book for the occasion, this one an album called "Flight of the Heavenly Race Horses" featuring photos of the Akhal-teke horses, including their participation in the parade on Moscow's Red Square last year in honor of the 65th anniversary of Victory Day.

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Dove Alights on Turkmen President

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