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Friday, May 06, 2005


Tajik opposition party leaves council

From Radio Free Europe:

Tajikistan's Islamic Revival Party has suspended its membership in the country's presidential Public Council in protest over undemocratic conditions in the country's recent parliamentary elections, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.

The Islamic Revival Party is the second opposition party to withdraw from the presidential body in two days. President Imomali Rakhmonov heads the Public Council, which brings together representatives of all the country's political parties, nongovernmental organizations, and cultural societies.

Yesterday, the Democratic Party said it has backed out of the president's council because their leader was arrested and because the last elections in the country were undemocratic.

Tajik authorities have arrested Democratic Party leader Makhmadruzi Iskandarov on charges of alleged terrorism, illegal arms possession, and embezzling state funds.

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