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  1. An opening ceremony of the first monument to Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in Ashgabat.

    Turkmenistan Erects Gold Statue of Leader

    He’s ushering in a golden era. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov says his goal was merely “to serve the people and the Motherland” with a new 69-foot gilded monument of himself poised astride a horse and carrying a dove. The former dentist, in power since 2006, insists it was a response to public demand for his likeness. But the leader of the famously repressive Central Asian state — with the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves — apparently didn’t have time on Monday to serve his people by attending the unveiling.

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