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Turkmenistan: President Subjects Population to More Singing

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov performing a song during a visit to the Caspian resort town of Awaza (Photo: Turkmen state TV screen grab)

Turkmenistan’s economy may be steadily slipping down the tubes, but President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has once again regaled his increasingly desperate population with a self-regarding exercise in singing and keep-fit antics.

State television on July 28 reported on Berdymukhamedov’s latest visit to the multibillion dollar white elephant Caspian report of Awaza, where he began one morning with a group gym workout routine with the Cabinet and the parliament speaker. To begin with, all the officials stood in line like schoolchildren as they attentively watched their president do his thing on a range of fitness machines, after which they followed suit themselves and played a round of volleyball.

After that, as the TV report related, the guys all hit the beach at the official presidential residence, where Berdymukhamedov and three grandchildren were busy “working on some verses for a new song called ‘I remember.’”

News footage showed this creative collective scribbling musical notations on a piece of paper.

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