Tajikistan: Constitutional Reform Bolstering One-Man Rule Looming
Tajikistan’s slide toward a one-party, family-run order is picking up momentum, even as analysts warn of possible imminent instability.
Asia-Plus news website reported on January 11 that a secret draft bill is in the works to make significant changes to the constitution. The amendments could be put up for a referendum, the website said.
Sources have told EurasiaNet.org that the modifications under review envision banning political parties espousing either religious or atheist views.
The only party embracing a religious identity, the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, was already banned in September and has since been designated a terrorist organization.
But the the atheist component of the proposed constitutional reform appears possibly designed to sideline the Communist Party of Tajikistan, which holds two deputies in parliament. The Communist Party has rarely constituted an actual opposition force in Tajikistan, but it is regarded with suspicion all the same.
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