You thought you were doing well when you had learned how to pronounce the name of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
. Well, you will now have to learn to pronounce an even more challenging name, the new acting President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov
. (That is pronounced Gur - ban - gooly -- Ber - dee - muk - hammed - off).
Berdimukhammedov steps in to replace the recently deceased former Turkmenistani dictator Saparmurat Niyazov
Okay political bloggers everywhere, let's try that name one more time together, Gurbanguly Berdimukhammedov
. Globe and MailTurkmenistan Website