TURKMENBAIJAN GETS A NEW CAPITAL
ARKHAMNAMABAD - In the local council of the turkmenbaijani capital Arkhamnamabad a name change for the city is proposed. The proposal is of the hand of the AXPAT and DP fraction, both governing parties in Arkhamnamabad and the national government. ''The name Arkhamnamabad was given by the first president of Turkmenbaijan who ruled as a dictator, ignoring international treaties, persecuted minorities and locked up members of opposition. He used Arkhamnamabad as his own playground. The current name is soiled. That's why we (AXPAT and DP) propose a name change. This city is full of potential. This city has more to offer than just statues of leaders.'' says Mr. Ibrahim Kurundan, leader of the AXPAT fraction in the local council. On the question which has to be the new name for the capital of Turkmenbaijan Kurundan waits for the official proposal in the local council.