ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan’s autocratic chief has established a nationwide vacation to honor the native canine breed, media stories mentioned Tuesday.
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov ordered the vacation praising the Alabai, the Central Asian shepherd canine, to be celebrated on the final Sunday of April when the ex-Soviet nation additionally marks the day of the native horse breed, in response to the day by day Impartial Turkmenistan.
The Central Asian nation of 6 million prides itself in horses and canines, honoring its centuries-old herding traditions.
Berdymukhamedov has dominated the gas-rich desert nation since 2006 by way of an all-encompassing persona cult that kinds him as Turkmenistan’s “arkadaq,” or protector.
The Turkmen chief has extolled the Alabai for years. He revealed a guide and wrote a music in regards to the breed and introduced Russian President Vladimir Putin with a pet in 2017. In 2019, Berdymukhamedov additionally handed an Alabai pet to then Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Final 12 months, Berdymukhamedov inaugurated a 15-meter (practically 50-feet) gilded statue honoring the canine within the Turkmen capital.
Berdymukhamedov’s son, Serdar, who heads the worldwide Alabai affiliation, reported to the president that the vacation will function a magnificence contest and agility competitions.
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