Monday, September 01, 2014


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Silly Dictator Story #5: Bumper Crop Yields Luxury SUV In Turkmenistan

Keep planting, and you'll have one of these in no time.
Keep planting, and you'll have one of these in no time.
Turkmen President (and "protector") Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has awarded the regional government -- the entire regional government -- in Lebap province with a brand new Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV after an above-average grain harvest.

The BBC has the story:

"In the era of might and happiness, Lebap's courageous workers put in a big contribution to our country, which is moving ahead with the swiftness of a racehorse," President Berdymukhamedov was quoted by Neutral Turkmenistan as saying.

The Cadillac will be used for "work" purposes by the provincial government, the paper reported.

Correspondents say that such luxurious cars are not sold in Turkmenistan -- where even government officials do not use American cars. 

Thanks to Robin Forestier-Walker (@robinfwalker) for sharing this story with us on Twitter (@sillydictators). We encourage you to do the same!

-- Zach Peterson
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