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Turkmenistan

Turkmen Doctors Pledge Allegiance To Niyazov

<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/0d93dc8f-5482-4796-9488-ef64c0f5964a_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="President Saparmurat Niyazov (file photo) (RFE/RL)"> <img alt="President Saparmurat Niyazov (file photo) (RFE/RL)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/0d93dc8f-5482-4796-9488-ef64c0f5964a_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>President Saparmurat Niyazov (file photo) (RFE/RL)</p></div>15 November 2005 -- State media say doctors in Turkmenistan must now pledge allegiance to President Saparmurat Niyazov, instead of taking the traditional Hippocratic oath.

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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.


(AFP)

 
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