ZARGHAR, Tajikistan -- Arranged marriages of partners that have never ever met are typical in rural Tajikistan. However the August 27 wedding of town schoolteacher Saidsho Asrorov's to Marjona Hudoidodova is very unusual.
Their wedding ended up being arranged in under one on orders of the country's autocratic ruler week.
President Emomali Rahmon ended up being visiting Tajikistan's southwestern Khatlon area on August 16 when Asrorov, a history that is 23-year-old, provided a speech praising "the best choice regarding the country and founder of comfort in Tajikistan."
Asrorov indicated appreciation to Rahmon for their part in "supporting training while the upbringing regarding the young generation" and recited his or her own verses of Tajik poetry (see movie below) to honor Rahmon, a previous Soviet apparatchik who may have governed Tajikistan since 1992.
Duly impressed -- and notwithstanding the kowtowing that regularly moves from their hang on energy -- Rahmon asked Asrorov if he had been hitched.