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Turkmen president falls from horse, state media silent

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Turkmenistan's equestrian-mad President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov suffered a spectacular fall from his horse after a race, according to Internet videos, but state media in the isolated ex-Soviet state maintained a rigid silence on the incident. 

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov answers questions during a press conference in Kiev, on March 13, 2012. Turkmenistan's equestrian-mad leader suffered a spectacular fall from his horse after a race, according to Internet videos, but state media in the isolated ex-Soviet state maintained a rigid silence on the incident.

Berdymukhamedov suffered the fall seconds after he won a kilometre-long horse race in Ashgabat on his favourite mount Berkarar (The Powerful) at an annual horse festival on Sunday.

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