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Here We Go Again: Turkmen Statue Proposal Suggests History May Be Repeating Itself

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Turkmenistan, where praise for the president is always on public display, is about to have a new statue. 
 
For those familiar with the Central Asia country that is probably already enough information.
 
It’s true. Adored, according to officials, by the Turkmen people, the time has come to have a new statue to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov put up in the capital.
 
Berdymukhammedov’s predecessor, the late Saparmurat "Turkmenbashi" Niyazov, started the tradition of having statues to honor the president. Niyazov died at the end of 2006 and only one statue to a Turkmen president has been built since, though many of those to Niyazov have been either demolished or removed to less conspicuous areas of Turkmenistan’s cities, towns, and villages.
 
The language of sycophancy has not been forgotten during that interval and was on display in Turkmen media on July 25.
 

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With contributions from Toymyrat Bugayev of RFE/RL's Turkmen Service.

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Here We Go Again: Turkmen Statue Proposal Suggests History May Be Repeating Itself

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