Thursday, April 19, 2012

Only good fathers can become cabinet ministers in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov fired a key cabinet minister for being a bad father after one of his sons was involved in a road accident, state media reported Saturday.

Energy and Industry Minister Yarmukhammet Orazgulyev was sacked after his son was involved in a traffic accident with the children of other high-ranking Turkmen officials.

"Some officials are not paying enough attention to the upbringing of their children, at a time when the authority of an official depends a lot on the kind of upbringing his children receive and how they behave in society," Berdymukhamedov told a cabinet meeting.

"Badly brought-up children as rule get into unpleasant and tragic situations, like this traffic accident, which was caused by the children of high ranking officials and had serious consequences," he added.

At the meeting shown on state television, Orazgulyev asked the president's forgiveness for failing to "inspire the members of my family with the teachings and directions of the Protector."