Middle East Economic Survey

VOL. XLIX

No 52

25-Dec-2006

CASPIAN

Sapamurat Niyazov, President Of Turkmenistan, Dies Of Heart Attack

Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan, died in Ashgabat on 20 December after a sudden heart attack. Mr Niyazov, known also as Turkmenbashi Father of the Turkmen had ruled the former Soviet republic since 1985, having himself declared president-for-life in 1999. His rule was autocratic and sometimes theatrical periodically he would castigate or dismiss...