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This tracksuited dictator makes official appearances on his horse

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov may be the world’s most stylish dictator.

Earlier this month, Turkmenistani state television captured video of Berdimuhamedov riding his favourite horse to survey new buildings in the capital city.

The best part is he did it in a full Adidas tracksuit. Behold:

The choice of the green tracksuit was part style, part comfort and part patriotism, as green is Turkmenistan’s national colour. Now you know.

Berdimuhamedov is currently serving his third term in the gas-rich nation and according to Human Rights Watch he has “unchallenged power” in the “one of the world’s most repressive countries.”

You may have noticed that dictators hate losing, and it turns out Berdimuhamedov is no exception.

That horse he is on, Mira, reportedly beat the country’s best jockeys in a race earlier this year. Do you think they let him win?

Delusions of grandeur is another classic dictator trait and he’s got that down too. RT reports that Berdimuhamedov has adorned one of the capital’s main streets with a massive golden statue of himself on a racehorse dressed as a medieval lord.

We’ve all heard how gifted Kim Jong Un is, but Berdimuhamedov has his talents too.

Here he is belting out a song he wrote:

And throwing knives and shooting guns.

The people of Turkmenistan better get used to Berdimuhamedov because he isn’t going anywhere. Last year he amended the constitution so that he can serve unlimited terms in office and in the last election he got 97% of the vote. 97% huh? Those are definitely dictator numbers.

Turkmenistan is bordered by the other “stans” (Uze, Kazakh, Afghani). It became independent upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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