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WikiLeaks News Flash: Turkmen Leader is a 'Micromanager'

President Berdymukhamedov and Secretary Clinton in Astana, December 1, 2010

This just in: the Turkmen president is a micromanager!

Like many other cables exposed by WikiLeaks, a cable from Ashgabat dated December 18, 2009 tells us what we already knew. First published by the Guardian and then later published on Wikileaks sites (since taken down) this cable reports on the impressions of a source whose name has been redacted that Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is "vain, fastidious, vindictive, a micro-manager, and a bit of an Ahal Teke 'nationalist'" -- the last, a reference to the president's clan, said to be overrepresented among appointments to ministries.

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WikiLeaks News Flash: Turkmen Leader is a 'Micromanager'

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