Turkmenistan opened a brand new, futuristic “clever” metropolis on Thursday devoted to its former president Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

The city is called Arkadag, or protector, an unofficial name by means of which Turkmen media have lengthy noted Berdymukhamedov, who on Thursday marked his 66th birthday via traveling to the Muslim holy city of Makkah.

A supply near the authorities advised Reuters the brand new city for 73,000 residents price $three.3 billion to construct and there have been plans to spend as tons again in the following few years.All the buildings in Arkadag are white and all condominium blocks are seven storeys high, more than a few taken into consideration lucky.

Only electric powered automobiles are allowed inside the city, which capabilities monuments dedicated to a horse of the Turkmen Akhal Teke breed and to Berdymukhamedov himself, and was built near his native village in southern Turkmenistan.

His son, President Serdar Berdymukhamedov, forty one, oversaw the opening ceremony attended by foreign officers. Some introduced provides, inclusive of an electric vehicle from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

The elder Berdymukhamedov ran the gas-wealthy barren region nation of six million for 15 years till 2022, becoming the centre of an difficult personality cult wherein, for instance, all male civil servants accompanied their leader’s instance when figuring out whether or no longer to dye greying hair.

He passed the management to his son but retains many powers as the chairman of the People’s Council.

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