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Tajikistan: President to Get His Own Holiday

Tajikistan may be about to get a new day off if lawmakers get their way: President’s Day, or to be more exact, Leader of the Nation Day.

This is more personality cult-building in operation here, since the latter title was bestowed on President Emomali Rahmon only last year.

Asia Plus news website reported on April 6 that parliamentarians have already teed up the text for the required legislation.

There are a few candidate dates. One is November 19, the date in 1992 when Rahmon was appointed chairman of Tajikistan’s Supreme Council, one of the first formal steps taken toward him becoming president. Or it could be November 6, which was the date for the presidential elections in 1994, 1999, 2006 and 2013.

But since November 6 already marks Constitution Day, there is also the possibility that a compromise date of October 5 could be agreed upon. That is Rahmon’s birthday.

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