Amantay Asilbek is bringing a little colour to the Central Asian republic’s depressingly predictable poll with his traditional Kazakh dress, eccentric antics and colourful views.
“In Kazakhstan, there are a lot of single women, and it is a national tragedy, because we lose potential mothers,” Mr Asilbek said in an interview with Adam, a local magazine. “I think polygamy would solve this problem.”
Mr Asilbek, 70, went on to say that he, himself, had considered a second wife. “Young girls often come to my home, dreaming of becoming my wives. But none of them could so far pass the ‘quality test’ of my current wife.”
The Kazakh air, he claimed, made men remain virile into old age.
“From the earliest times in the Kazakh steppe, elder men were able to father children up until their eighties and nineties,” he said. “That’s because when they are close to nature, men do not lose their strength.”
Mr Asilbek’s views bear a passing resemblance to those of Sacha Baron Cohen’s creation Borat Sagdiyev, who frequently talked about his multiple wives in his TV series.
In the 2006 hit film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Borat told a meeting of American feminists: “In Kazakhstan it is illegal for more than five woman to be in the same place, except for in brothel or in grave.”…
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