THE PRESIDENT of Turkmenistan has ordered all male employees working at state organisations to stop dyeing their hair after he decided to embrace old age.
According to reports, males working at state organisations in Turkmenistan’s northeastern region of Lebap were issued with the ban during an upcoming visit by the eccentric oddball leader.
Gurbanguly Berdymukhammeov, who has led the former soviet state since 2007 issued the order on February 4th.
The ban will apply to employees at local schools, medical institutions, and municipal offices ahead of a visit to the region by the President.
The edict applies only to men over the age of 40 and they have been told to refrain from dyeing their hair and to conceal any greying hairs.
According to employees, they have been told: “Anyone found breaking the edict will not be allowed to attend public meetings with the president during his upcoming visit.”
It’s not the first time the south Asian country bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan has sparked worldwide mockery.
Following the Soviet Union dissolution in 1991, the nation continued to be ruled by an authoritarian dictator who had ruled the nation since 1985.
One of them was Saparmurat Niyazov, who made himself “President for Life” in 1999.
This crazy guy renamed days of the week to honour his family, and months to honour.. himself.
Niyazov renamed January “Turkmenbashi” meaning “father of the Turkmen”.
Mr Niyazov named the month of April “Mother” or “Gurbansoltan”… the name of his deceased mother.
He also renamed the seven days of the week with “Young Day” for Tuesday and “Spirituality Day” for Saturday.
Not satisfied with renaming the calendar, the Niyazov also had schools, cities, airports and even a meteorite named after him and built golden statues in a cult of personality.
Locals said at the time: “This is a joke, the entire civilized world lives by the same calendar but Niyazov decides to set us apart once again.”
“It seems like he lives on another planet.”
Niyazov died in 2007 and was replaced with current leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhammeov.