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Turkmenistan: Berdymukhamedov Channels Billie Holiday

Dictator, dentist and crooner too. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Turkmenistan’s political supremo, can do it all.

Berdymukhamedov revealed his musical side during a July 2 concert in Ashgabat that was broadcast on state television. The love ballad that he performed, “For You, My White Flowers,” he reportedly wrote himself, according to an account published by the British daily The Telegraph. Naturally, as is the custom for an authoritarian leader in Central Asia, he received a thunderous ovation from the crowd.

Now for those who revel in problem solving, here’s a thought: what about Berdymukhamedov acting as a last-minute stand-in for Sting, who backed out recently as the headliner for a July 6 gig in Kazakhstan?

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Turkmenistan: Berdymukhamedov Channels Billie Holiday

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