(February 19, 1940-December 21, 2006)
President of Turkmenistan (1990- )
Adopted the title of 'Turkenbashi' (Leader of all Turkmen)
Declared 'President-for-life' by the Turkmen parliament
Creator of a 'personality cult' in Turkmenistan
Why he might be annoying
He gave himself the title of 'Leader of all Turkmen' or 'Turkenbashi'
He named a bunch of towns after himself
He had a number of statues of himself erected. The most prominent, being a forty-six foot statue of him in a three-piece suit, lavishly plated with gold, perched on a 236 foot tall tower opposite his presidential palace. Spotlights illuminate the figure of the President, while a hidden motor causes the statue to rotate a full circle every 24 hours.
He banned opposition parties and newspapers.
He's made sure that thousands of portraits of him hang publicly.
The Communist Party of Turkmenistan was renamed 'The Democratic Party,' despite the lack of elections and competition.
He named stadiums and streets after himself.
His name is very long and hard to spell.
Why he might not be annoying
He swears that he'll step down in 2010.
His father was killed in World War II.
The rest of his family was killed in a 1948 Earthquake, meaning he had to grow up in a orphanage.
He's popular in Turkmenistan.
He's made sure that the Turkmen flag is the best flag with a rug on it.
He helped build more streets and towns so he could name them after himself.
He gives his countrymen free gas and power.
How many men get the chance to have giant statues of themselves made?
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Year In Review:
For 2013, as of last week, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 23 Votes: 73.91% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 13 Votes: 76.92% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 54 Votes: 64.81% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 82 Votes: 70.73% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 62 Votes: 77.42% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 93 Votes: 75.27% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 168 Votes: 76.19% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 320 Votes: 69.69% Annoying
In 2004, Out of 346 Votes: 67.05% Annoying
In 2003, Out of 699 Votes: 69.81% Annoying
In 2002, Out of 1133 Votes: 78.38% Annoying
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