Turkmen Doctors Pledge Allegiance To Niyazov
15 November 2005 -- State media say doctors in Turkmenistan must now pledge allegiance to President Saparmurat Niyazov, instead of taking the traditional Hippocratic oath.
President Saparmurat Niyazov (file photo) (RFE/RL)
The "Neutralnii Turkmenistan" daily reports today that doctors must kneel solemnly and take the pledge to Niyazov and his book of moral guidance, the "Rukhnama."
The president-for-life has made his "Rukhnama" mandatory reading for all civil servants and students.
The new pledge also sets a dozen rules for new doctors, including a ban on euthanasia.