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DUSHANBE -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon took part in a ceremony on October 31 to begin the operation of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system in the capital, Dushanbe.

Some 850 CCTV cameras have been installed around the city.
Officials praised the system for its potential to monitor traffic and resolve disputes arising from accidents.

Tajikistan's security services said months ago that the system would also help maintain law and order on the streets.

China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd installed the $22 million system using a $20.9 million loan from China's Export-Import Bank.

In July, Michael Hayden, the former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, accused Huawei Technologies of spying for the Chinese government.

In 2012, the U.S. Congress barred Huawei from receiving contracts in the United States.

With reporting by Asia-Plus