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Turkmenistan Domestic Developments


President Berdymukhamedov Fell Off the Horse
In an account relied upon by international news agencies, Turkmen State television showed footage of a race, staged April 28, in which a horse ridden by Berdymukhamedov won an $11-million purse. What viewers didn’t see, however, was Berdymukhamedov’s bad spill just after crossing the finish line. Footage of the race obtained by EurasiaNet.org showed Berdymukhamedov’s horse leading throughout and winning by about a length-and-a-half. But immediately after completing the one-kilometer course, Berdymukhamedov appears to shift in his saddle and the horse stumbles. The Turkmen leader then goes hurtling over the mount’s shoulders, landing face first on the track. The momentum of the fall appeared to roll him over onto his back before he lay still. Other horses narrowly missed trampling him. When the day’s full slate of races had been completed April 28, Berdymukhamedov again appeared to present the winners with awards and make a speech that seemed slurred, possibly by heavy pain killers.
Source: eurasianet.org  

Turkmenistan Celebrated National Horse Day
Turkmenistan held nationwide celebrations in honor of the Turkmen Horse Day. The International Equestrian Centre hosted the main festivities. The celebrations began with the races for riders over 30, with a prize fund of 13 million USD in total: 85% for the first winner, 10% - for the second, and 5% for the third. President Berdymukhamedov participated in the races with his horse Berkarar and won. Horse Akbilek came second and horse Gadyr came third, according to Turkmenistan.ru without giving the names of the second and third riders. Berdymukhamedov received a check for 11 million dollars, which, he said, he would contribute to the national horse association.
Until now, the main and most expensive prize at Ashgabat horse races was a car, and the President used to give keys to the winner personally in a solemn atmosphere. Several times agricultural equipment was given as the main prize. The sudden increase of the prize value this year to 13 million dollars puts Ashgabat races far ahead of the Dubai World Cup, which was considered the most expensive in the world with the prize fund of 10 million USD.
A video of the Turkmen President demonstrating his riding skills can be viewed here

Fair and Conference marking Turkmen Horse Day opened in Ashgabat
The first-ever International Fair marking Turkmen Horse Day as well as the 5th International Scientific Conference entitled “Turkmen horses and international arts of horse breeding” opened in Ashgabat. In total, over a thousand foreign participants exhibited their products at the exhibition, including horse associations and sports organizations of Switzerland, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Spain, the Czech Republic, the USA, India, UAE, Turkey, China, Japan, Bahrain Iran, Pakistan and Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
Source: Turkmenistan.ru  

President's Personal Stables Received Seven New Ahalteke Horses
The State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH) reported that during the National Horse Day celebrations that took place on April 27 at the Ahaltkinsk equestrian complex near Ashgabat, President Berdymukhamedov received six Akhalteke horses on behalf of the residents of all five provinces (regions) and the capital. Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, military and law enforcement bodies presented the President with the seventh horse. Last year the Turkmen leader received eight horses: from residents of five regions and the capital, from military and law-enforcement, and from all the horse breeders in Turkmenistan.
Source: gundogar.org  

An Outbreak of Hepatitis Registered in Turkmenistan
An outbreak of viral hepatitis has been reported in Turkmenistan, first hitting the Dashoguz region. A sharp increase of the number of patients with viral hepatitis in the province began at the end of 2012. Gundogar.org has learned from its sources that 19 people, including 11 children, died from hepatitis at the Dashoguz Infectious Diseases Hospital. The main reason for the rapid spread of the disease is the lack of medical personnel and medication in rural areas. 
Source: gundogar.org 

Center for Educational Standards Opened in Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management
Turkmenistan’s State Institute of Economics and Management opened the Center for Educational Standards under the auspices of the EU "TEMPUS" project “Towards a Central Asian Higher Education Area: Tuning Structures and Building Quality Culture” (TuCAHEA).
Source: turkmenistan.ru  

Turkmen President Criticized Preparations of Children's Resorts for the Summer
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov expressed dissatisfaction with to the progress of children's resorts and camps that are under construction and slated to be ready for use by the summer season. He reprimanded the Chair of State Concern Turkmenneftegazostroi (Turkmen Oil and Gas Construction), Amanaly Gurbanova, for improper performance of her official duties and failures at work.
Source: Turkmenistan.ru

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