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Turkmenistan: Another mosque is named after the president Berdymukhamedov

06.03.2009 16:59 msk

Interfax


The main mosque of Mary, Turkmenistan, will now bear the name of Hajji Gurbanguly.

According to local media reports, the recently opened mosque was visited by the President of Turkmenistan who had attended the opening ceremony of several important projects in the administrative center of Mary region. Two years ago, at the 20th National Forum held in Mary, citizens appealed to the president with request to facilitate the construction of this mosque.

In response, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov informed the citizens of his decision to earmark one million dollars from President's charity fund for that purpose.

The President called the opening of the mosque another evidence of an unbreakable and firm civil accord in the Turkmen society and the triumphant ideas of democracy and freedom in the country which are worth expanding and strengthening in a new epoch of reviving indigenous customs and traditions of the nation.

President Berdymukhamedov made his hajj in April 2007. Saudi Arabia was the first foreign country visited by him as a new president of Turkmenistan. The first President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Nijazov also made his hajj in his due time. The Hajji Saparmurat Mosque constructed during the first years of independence near Ashkhabad still bears his name.