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Turkmenistan: Berdymukhamedov Makes World's Top 10 Dictators List

Screen-grab of out-take from state TV program, shown by Turkmen Dissident TV, 2011

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, ruler of Turkmenistan, has been steadily building up his cult of personality with awards to himself; encouragement of a popular nickname for himself ("Protector"); 24/7 coverage of his activities by state TV; state publication of his books on myriad topics; and constant presiding over mass festivals and performances in his honor.

Finally, his efforts have paid off and he's now in Parade's list of the top 10 dictators of the world, at no. 6, following Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov at no. 3.

With the death of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and now North Korea's Kim Jong-il, there is more room for Berdymukhamedov -- who wasn't making the cut in similar media lists in the past.

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Turkmenistan: Berdymukhamedov Makes World's Top 10 Dictators List

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