Turkmenistan: Berdymukhamedov Stuck in an Elevator in Presidential Palace
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has ordered the construction of so many government palaces so rapidly that undoubtedly, some corners have been cut.
The Turkmen leader found himself stuck in the elevator between the second and third floors of his lavish presidential palace for an hour on August 28, the independent emigre site chrono-tm.org reported.
The marble-and-gold domed edifice was built by the French construction firm Bouygues, which has been contracted for a number of the most famous buildings in Ashgabat.
Berdymukhamedov was obviously furious at this awkward situation -- an unwitting metaphor for his grandiose urban renewal campaign.
His aides immediately summoned Bouygues officials as well as specialists from Hyundai, the company that manufactured the elevators for this sumptuous palace.
Then on September 3, the Turkmen leader issued a stern reprimand to Batyr Atdayev, head of Turkmenistan's Superior Control Chamber for poor oversight of the building's construction.
Berdymukhamedov will likely be happy to take the stairs next time -- recently he was showing off his fitness on the annual walk along the Path for Health.