ZARGHAR, Tajikistan — Arranged marriages of partners who possess never ever met are normal in rural Tajikistan. Nevertheless the August 27 wedding of town schoolteacher Saidsho Asrorov’s to Marjona Hudoidodova is very uncommon.
Their wedding was arranged in under one week on requests associated with the nation’s autocratic ruler.
President Emomali Rahmon had been visiting Tajikistan’s southwestern Khatlon area on August 16 when Asrorov, a 23-year-old history instructor, provided a speech praising “the first choice associated with the country and creator of comfort in Tajikistan.”
Asrorov indicated gratitude to Rahmon for their part in “supporting training therefore the upbringing for the young generation” and recited his or her own verses of Tajik poetry (see movie below) to honor Rahmon, an old Soviet apparatchik who has got 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. […]