ASHGABAT (Reuters) – Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has named his son Serdar a provincial governor, state television said, bolstering an already stellar career that has prompted speculation Serdar is being groomed to succeed his father.
Berdymukhamedov, 61, has run the natural gas-rich nation of six million people since 2006, tolerating no dissent and becoming the center of an elaborate personality cult. Turkmens often refer to him as Arkadag, or protector.
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Serdar Berdymukhamedov, 37, the president’s only son, previously worked at the ex-Soviet republic’s foreign ministry and served as a member of parliament before becoming deputy governor of the central Ahal province and finally being promoted to governor.
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