In Ashgabat, Turkmenbashi dismantled monument

Ashgabat to dismantle the giant monument topped by a golden statue of the former president, Saparmurat Niyazov. The monument was erected in 1995 in front of the presidential palace. At its height was a 12-meter statue of the first president Saparmurat Niyazov, who turned in the day of the sun.

The Government of Turkmenistan motivated decision to move the monument to the fact that at this point, a new architectural ensemble.

Earlier disappeared from the streets of Ashgabat numerous portraits of Niyazov, of the National Anthem removed mention of it in schools and institutions have stopped studying "Ruhnama".

Saparmurat Niyazov (1940-2006) in 1985-1991 — First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Turkmenistan, 1990 — President, in 1999, the People's Rada Turkmenistan declared president for life in 2002 was promoted to Marshal (although the army had never served). Died December 21 2006 of acute heart failure (official data).

Turkmenistan was established cult of Niyazov ("Turkmenbashi).

Among the initiatives Niyazov — ice palace in the desert near Kapetdagu and the zoo in the Karakum (+40 C in the shade), where by order of Niyazov had appear pavilion with penguins, because, He said, they face death from starvation as a result of global warming.

Contrary to the predictions of analysts, who had predicted a large-scale political crisis and popular unrest in the event of the death of Niyazov, his death December 21, 2006 of congestive heart failure have not had any major impact. President was the former Deputy Prime Minister Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedav.

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