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Mosque to carry Niyazov's stamp
|Last Edited||Picimpalious Dec 11, 2004 12:24am|
|Media||TV News - British Broadcasting Corporation BBC News|
|News Date||Thursday, June 3, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||The president of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, has ordered that his own words be inscribed alongside verses of the Koran on a new mosque being built just outside the capital Ashgabat, intended to be the biggest in all Asia. |
The president announced that craftsmen would add lines from his book called "the Ruhnama" on the immense fašade.
Mr Niyazov, known generally as Turkmenbashi or Leader of the Turkmens, is president for life in Turkmenistan but his absolute temporal power is now taking on an ever more spiritual overtone.