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Turkmen Leader Publishes Latest Book

President Niyazov (file photo) 17 October 2005 -- Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov has published his latest philosophical volume, called "My Dear People," RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reported.

Niyazov's latest volume is a collection of patriotic poetry and childhood memories, with topics ranging from Turkmen history to honor and love.

The government newspaper "Neutralnii Turkmenistan" has lauded the book as a work of genius.

Niyazov's best-known book is the "Rukhnama," a volume on moral guidance that has been made mandatory reading in Turkmen schools and for civil servants.

(RFE/RL Turkmen Service, ITAR-TASS, AFP)

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